#WorldHealthDay2016

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes, have become the main cause of mortality around the world and are currently responsible for more than 70 per cent of deaths among Palestine refugees each year. Today, nearly 136,000 Palestine refugees registered for UNRWA health-care services have diabetes.

 

World Health Day 2016. © 2016 UNRWA

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes, have become the main cause of mortality around the world and are currently responsible for more than 70 per cent of deaths among Palestine refugees each year. Today, nearly 136,000 Palestine refugees registered for UNRWA health-care services have diabetes.

On 7 April, UNRWA joins the rest of the international community in commemorating World Health Day 2016. Under this year’s theme, ‘Beat Diabetes’, UNRWA aims to increase awareness about the rise in the prevalence of diabetes and to trigger a set of specific, effective and affordable actions to tackle the disease. Through active lifestyles, healthy diets and the right treatments, we can work together to beat diabetes.


UNRWA commemorates World Health Day 2016: “We can beat diabetes.”

UNRWA commemorates World Health Day 2016: “We can beat diabetes.” © 2016 UNRWA Photo

Every year, UNRWA commemorates World Health Day (WHD) on 7 April. First established by the World Health Organization in 1948, the main aim of this day is to raise global awareness about pressing health issues. This year’s WHD, with the theme ‘Beat Diabetes’, focuses on diabetes as a threat to the health and well-being of people around the world. The main aim is to raise awareness of the disease and the ways in which it can be prevented and, for those with the disease, on how to effectively manage their condition by following a healthy lifestyle to avoid complications.

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In the fight against diabetes, a little goes a long way

Zainab Yassin, 58, was diagnosed four years ago with diabetes. Today, with the support of the UNRWA health programme, she is able to manage her conditions through targeted medication, a healthy diet and regular exercise. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Yassir Awad

Fifty-eight year old Zainab Yassin was diagnosed four years ago with diabetes. “I attended one of UNRWA’s health centres for a normal condition, when the nurse said that I had to take some blood tests, including tests for blood sugar levels. I was shocked and I went through a state of denial when she told me that my blood sugar was around 200 mg/dl,” she says. “I was shocked but not surprised, because my mother and two brothers were diabetic and I was aware that I might have this disease, but I used to deny it.

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Our World Health Day Poster


UNRWA thanks its top five Programme Budget donors for their support for the health of five million Palestine refugees.

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