India had 69.2 million people living with diabetes
Each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health. The day provides an opportunity for individuals in every community to get involved in activities that can lead to better health.
As per WHO, In 2008, an estimated 347 million people in the world had diabetes and the prevalence is growing, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. India had 69.2 million people living with diabetes (8.7 percent) as per the 2015 data. Of these, it remained undiagnosed in more than 36 million people.
Goal of World Health Day 2016: Scale up prevention, strengthen care, and enhance surveillance of diabetes
The main goals of the World Health Day 2016 campaign aims to:
Increase awareness about the rise in diabetes, and its staggering burden and consequences, in particular in low-and middle-income countries;
Trigger a set of specific, effective and affordable actions to tackle diabetes. These will include steps to prevent diabetes and diagnose, treat and care for people with diabetes; and