Human Rights for PWD
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) will sponsor World Diabetes Day on November 14, which is the birthday of Frederick Banting, a leader in the discovery of insulin.
This year's theme, Diabetes and Human Rights, was chosen because 1998 is also the 50th anniversary of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The IDF and WHO are emphasizing four of these basic human rights which have special relevance to people with diabetes:
The Right to Medical Care
People with diabetes need information on the latest research and products. Without medical insurance, people with diabetes cannot maintain proper health. All people need medical coverage to provide for blood sugar testing, insulin supplies, education on diet and exercise, and long-term care to avoid complications.
The Right to Education
General awareness of diabetes should be increased so that people who show symptoms can be properly helped. The field of diabetes education must constantly be expanded so that people can be taught proper diabetes management.
The Right to Employment
People with diabetes should not have to suffer employment discrimination. Employers should know the truth, and not be led by misinformation or sterotypes.
The Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression
Everyone must promote global awareness of diabetes. This will create better understanding of the impact of diabetes and also increase funding for diabetes research and services.