World Diabetes Day 2020

November 14th marks World Diabetes Day – the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign, reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people across 160 countries.1 The campaign focuses attention on issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political eye.

The theme for World Diabetes Day 2020 is ‘The Nurse and Diabetes’. The campaign aims to raise awareness around the crucial role that nurses play in supporting people living with diabetes.

Nurses account for 59% of health professionals – the largest occupational group.1 They do exceptional work to support people living with a wide range of health concerns. People who either live with diabetes or are at risk of developing the condition need their support. People living with diabetes face many challenges, and education is crucial to equip nurses with the skills to care for them and support them. In 2019, 463 million adults (1-in-11) were living with diabetes; the number of people living with diabetes is expected rise to 578 million by 2030.1 Diabetes has the potential to cause life-changing complications, so nurses and other healthcare professional support staff have a vital role in helping people with diabetes manage their condition.

The global shortage of nurses is estimated to be 5.9 million, of which 89% is in low and lower middle-income countries. The number of nursing graduates needs to increase by 8% a year to overcome the predicted global shortfall by 2030.1

To mark World Diabetes Day 2020, the International Diabetes Federation is organising a Twitter chat on The Role of the Nurse in Diabetes Care; visit  to learn more!

1. World Diabetes Day. (accessed November 2020)