World Diabetes Day, observed annually on November 14, was introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization in response to the threat of an increase in diabetes worldwide. .
Since 2007, World Diabetes Day has been held under the auspices of the United Nations (resolution A/RES/61/225). The document recognizes the urgent "need to continue multilateral efforts to protect and promote human health and ensure access to curative services and health education."
Today it is the largest disease awareness campaign in the world, reaching more than 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. And November 14 was chosen in order to perpetuate the merits of the Canadian physician and physiologist Frederick Banting, born on this day in 1891, who, together with the physician Charles Best, played a decisive role in the discovery in 1922 of insulin, a life-saving drug, patients with diabetes.