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The Secretary-General's message on World Diabetes Day 2015

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ban-ki-moon14 November 2015 - Close to 350 million people in the world have diabetes, and the prevalence is rising rapidly, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. There is much all of us can do to minimize our risk of getting the disease and, even if we do get it, to live long and healthy lives with it.

People who have diabetes lose their ability to properly regulate their blood sugar. Out-of-control blood sugar can lead to nerve damage, heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and lower-limb amputation.

Most people with diabetes have a form of the illness – type 2 – that disproportionately strikes people who are overweight and sedentary. This means that the steps we take to steer clear of type 2 diabetes are the same steps we can take to maintain good health.

"Steps" is the right word. Anyone who can stand instead of sit, walks a little bit more each day and generally be more active, should do so.

Diabetes also affects our wallets. Many who suffer complications lose their incomes because they cannot work. Moreover, treatment can be expensive. Insulin

is unaffordable for many people in low- and middle-income countries, where most people with diabetes live. Even in high-income countries the cost has increased in recent years beyond the reach of many. For those people who produce none of their own insulin -- as in type 1 of the disease -- going without insulin is a death sentence.

Just as individuals must take steps to live healthy lives, so can Governments create enabling environments. Health facilities can expand care for diabetes. The private sector can improve the availability and affordability of healthier products and essential medicines.

The world recently took a major step in adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and incorporating a target to reduce by one-third the deaths attributed to non-communicable diseases, including diabetes, by 2030.

On World Diabetes Day, let us recognize the progress we have made, but let us also acknowledge that it is not yet enough. Let us all step up to limit the impact of diabetes.




1 December 2017

Michel Sidibé
Executive Director of UNAIDS
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December


Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride.  But we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

There has been real progress in tackling the disease. More people than ever are on treatment.  Since 2010, the number of children infected through mother to child transmission has dropped by half. Fewer people die of AIDS related causes each year.  And people living with HIV are living longer lives.

The number of people with access to life-saving medicines has doubled over the past five years, now topping 18 million. With the right investments, the world can get on the fast-track to achieve our target of 30 million people on treatment by 2030.  Access to HIV medicines to prevent mother to child transmission is now available to more than 75 per cent of those in need.