About World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign and was created by the International Diabetes Federation and World Health Organization in 1991.

It is marked every year on 14th November which is the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting. Sir Frederick Banting and Charles Best are two scientists who discovered insulin in 1922. 

The WDD campaign logo is a blue circle – the blue circle is a global symbol for diabetes awareness. It represents the united response of the world community to tackle the diabetes epidemic.

The WDD theme for 2018-2019 is “Family and Diabetes“. The aim of the campaign is :

  • To raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family of patients with diabetes.
  • Promote the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of diabetes.


In conjunction with WDD 2019, various hospitals and institutions across the country are organising events for hospital staff, patients and the general public.