Every November 12th, National Health Day (or Hari Kesehatan Nasional, abbreviated HKN) were celebrated in Indonesia. This campaign is led by the Indonesian Ministry of Health. National Health Day is intended to entice people to have a healthy lifestyle and leave sedentary lifestyle.
World Diabetes Day (WDD), commemorated every November 14th by the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF), is intended to increase the awareness of diabetes mellitus.
National Health Day and World Diabetes Day are celebrated every November 12th and November 14th as a reminder for the public that the highest public health effort will be reached if all of the nation’s components take their role, especially in the effort of health improvement. Standing Committee on Public Health CIMSA also takes roles in the effort of public health improvement with our commemoration of World Diabetes Day.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines diabetes mellitus (DM) as chronic with various causes characterized by blood sugar levels accompanied by metabolic disorders due to insufficiency of the function of the hormone insulin, either reduced or decreased responsiveness of body cells to insulin.
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) stated that in 2019, as many as 351.7 million people with an age range of 20 – 64 years and 704.4 million people with an age range of 65 – 99 years suffer from diabetes.
The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia (Kemenkes RI) in 2019, stated that the prevalence of diabetes in Indonesia was estimated at 10.9% in the population aged 15 years and over and 2% based on a doctor’s diagnosis. When calculated from all ages, the prevalence of diabetes in Indonesia is based on a diagnosis of 1.5%, which places Indonesia in the seventh place with the highest number of diabetics in the world.
In 2021, we raise the issue of ‘Access to Diabetes Care’ that aims to increase the knowledge and awareness of Indonesian, especially medical students and people with diabetes, regarding diabetes mellitus and its prevention through a healthy lifestyle. This campaign also supports the policy statement of CIMSA and the government’s focus to reduce one of the non-communicable disease burdens, diabetes.
This recap video contains highlights of our journey in celebrating HKN-WDD 2021.
Thank you for everyone who already took part in our campaign!