The World Diabetes Day was observed globally on 14 November 2017 with the theme 'Women and diabetes - Our right to a healthy future'.
Currently, there are over 199 million women living with diabetes and this total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040. Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths each year.
Two out of every five women with diabetes are of reproductive age, accounting for over 60 million women worldwide. Women with diabetes have more difficulty conceiving and may have poor pregnancy outcomes.
The World Diabetes Day 2017 theme aims to promote affordable access to the essential diabetes medicines and technologies for all women with diabetes to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes and strengthen their capacity to prevent type 2 diabetes.
In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 14 November as World Diabetes Day through its resolution A/RES/61/225. The day aims to pursue multilateral efforts to promote and improve human health and provide access to health-care treatment and education.
The resolution encouraged Member States to develop national policies for the prevention, treatment and care of diabetes.