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June 24, 2007


Manny Hernandez

Thanks SO much for keeping all of us updated about the progress of the Sessions.

I want to ask you if you could help me (being surrounded by so many people touched by diabetes) of bringing up to their attention a growing online community called

Check it out and join if you want too.

Thanks for your help in spreading the word about it.

Kathleen Weaver

Could you please fix your blog so that the type is larger?

I'm good with small type usually but I'm having to manually make your font bigger to read your posts, and I'm sure a lot more of your readers are frustrated about it.

Michael Choi

Hi Kathleen,

We've adjust the type so that it's the standard size throughout the rest of the blog. Thanks for your comments.

Stephanie Tanner

Thanks for the updates.

The International Diabetes Federation is in the midst of our preparations for the first UN-observed World Diabetes Day ( on 14 November this year, and I wanted to ask you if you would like to help us to spread awareness of this worldwide event and the theme we have chosen for it this year - Diabetes in Children and Adolescents.

It is estimated that over 200 children develop type 1 diabetes every day and there's no question that the disease often hits disadvantaged communities the hardest, and that children in the developing world can die because their parents are unable to afford medication. In many countries diabetes is still considered an adult disease and as a result can be diagnosed late with severe consequences, including death. Even after diagnosis many children experience poor control and develop complications early.

This is why one of our key objectives for World Diabetes Day this year is to double the number of children covered by the Life for a Child Program - We also want to encourage initiatives that can help to reduce diabetic ketoacidosis (diabetic coma) and to promote the sort of healthy lifestyles which can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes in children.

A version of the diabetes circle, the icon we used for our Unite for Diabetes campaign has now been adopted for World Diabetes Day and we have produced a number of web banners that you can view and download here

The way in which you can help us spread awareness of World Diabetes Day is to add one of the banners to your own blog, which we would really appreciate.

The UN's World Diabetes Day Resolution (61/225) was really just the first goal of an ambitious campaign that we have been leading. This is the first time a non-communicable disease has been recognised as a serious threat to global public health and we are hoping now to further raise awareness globally of the disease that is predicted to contribute to 6% of the world’s mortality in 2007.

If you would like to know more about the UN Resolution and our plans for World Diabetes Day this year, just drop me a line at, and I will get back to you with more information.

Many thanks,
Stephanie Tanner
IDF - Communications Assistant

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