The social ripple effect of diabetes awareness reminds me of a quote by Mother Theresa. "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."
During November, the diabetes community around the world stand together to raise diabetes awareness and educate people. Awareness and education are crucial in South Africa. In a recent discussion on Cape Talk, Pippa Hudson spoke with Paul Rheeder - Professor & director of the Diabetes Research Centre at the University of Pretoria. Professor Rheeder said: “There's an expected increase of up to 250% over the next 10-15 years. Probably 7-9% of the South African population have diabetes.”
Here are 5 ways how you can raise awareness.
- Give a Talk
Find a platform where you will feel comfortable. Talk to people in your community. Many parents and children with type 1 diabetes opt to share their experiences at school. Youth With Diabetes and Diabetes South Africa have valuable content on their websites for you to use.
- Learn More
The evolving nature of your diabetes requires you to stay up to date with the latest research. CDE Healthcare is hosting a virtual event on the 11th of November from 18h00 - 20h00. Register for a FREE Virtual Community Outreach Event. Leading South African healthcare professionals will discuss Care Advocacy, COVID-19, Pregnancy, Nutrition, Mental Health and Glycemic Management.
- Advocate through Social Media
Use your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages to raise awareness about diabetes. The IDF compiled a selection of materials for you to use in awareness activities to support the World Diabetes Day 2021-23 campaign.
Partner with a non-profit diabetes organisation to raise funds. Your support helps fund awareness and education. They host fundraising events and value volunteers and your support.
- Go Blue for Diabetes
Turn November blue with diabetes awareness. "The colour blue reflects the sky that unites all nations and is the colour of the United Nations flag. The blue circle signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes pandemic." -International Diabetes Federation
It is time to cast awareness and education stones for diabetes.