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Adequate health care for people on the move with diabetes

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), not so long ago in 1991, declared November 14 as World Diabetes Day, celebrated worldwide with the aim of raising awareness of the growing health threat posed by undiagnosed or poorly regulated diabetes. This day became the official day of the United Nations in 2006 and is symbolized by a blue circle representing the unity of the global diabetic community, in response to the epidemic of this disease.


Posted on 14 Nov 2022

We live in challenging times, in which people with diabetes face an additional threat to their health, which, unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us. Therefore, it is necessary to constantly emphasize the importance of regular medical examinations and check-ups, it is important to strengthen awareness of the risks that diabetes carries with it.

“We must not forget that 537 million people worldwide, ages 20 and 79, suffer from diabetes of which 61 million are adults in Europe. So we have all connected at least one person with diabetes and we should work together to create a more inclusive approach to health care, especially knowing that millions of people do not have access to the necessary therapy or treatment. Some of them are also in our environment, such as people on the move with diabetes, who, due to their constant movement towards the desired destination, are a particularly vulnerable category that the Danish Refugee Council cares for every day," emphasizes Marko Isajlović, Medical Advisor in DRC BiH.

According to the IDF data from 2021, 1 in 10 adults in the world has diabetes, and every 5 seconds one person dies as a result of diabetes.

"It is sad that even a hundred years after the discovery of insulin, many people worldwide, are without proper treatment and support. As part of the health response to mixed migrations DRC, in cooperation with health institutions and partner organizations, has ensured a special diet in temporary reception centers, as well as therapies and necessary treatment for all people on the move with diabetes diagnosis who reside in the territory of our country," emphasized Samir Ahmetović, DRC health team leader.

Although chronic, diabetes is a diagnosis with which today, thanks to modern technologies and with regular control and effective treatment, sufferers can live as well as people without this diagnosis. 

"I got diabetes as a boy. On the way from my native Pakistan, I had many challenges in ensuring the necessary therapy and visiting a doctor. In some countries it was easier, in others it was impossible, and at that time my health was very bad. I have been in Bosnia and Herzegovina for several months and have everything I need to keep the disease under control. I want to recover a little, gather strength, move on to the European Union in the spring, and realize my dream of a better life," said Hasan from Pakistan

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