On 9 November 2013, the United Nations for Relief and Works for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) highlighted World Diabetes Day, 14 November, by organizing a walk in Saida, Lebanon, inviting participants to ‘Walk to Stop Diabetes’. The event, held under the patronage of Lebanese Health Minister Ali Hassan Khalil, was organized in coordination with the World Health Organization and local NGOs.
Wearing white T-shirts, participants of all ages, including Palestine refugees, marched from Saida Stadium to the municipality centre to celebrate the occasion. Following the walk, partners and sponsors held a ceremony at the Saida municipality, where they spoke about diabetes and ways of controlling and managing the disease. Dr. Ibrahim Al Khatib, UNRWA Chief Area Officer, commented on the importance of the Agency’s diabetes campaign and its efforts to improve the health and socioeconomic situation of the Palestine refugee community.
For Layla Moghrabi, a 76-year-old from the Palestine refugee camp of Ein el Hilweh who has been participating in the UNRWA diabetes campaign since the beginning, there were more personal benefits as well. She noted: “I am happy to have lost a lot of weight excess and be able to control my blood sugar.” By joining the 9 November walk, she helped make it possible for UNRWA to bring those same benefits to others like her and to the community at large.