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Cayman Islands Government

When the Lights Go Blue...

Blue Lights at Pedro St. James. Photo by Courtney Platt.

On 14 November, Cayman joined the international community to celebrate World Diabetes Day.

Started in 1991 and designated as an official United Nations day in 2007, World Diabetes Day is an International Diabetes Federation (IDF) event that highlights the ongoing campaign against diabetes as well as the effort to enhance the lives of diabetes sufferers.

This year sees the start of a five-year campaign that will specifically address the critical need for diabetes education and prevention programmes. Accordingly, the theme chosen for 2009 is Understand Diabetes and Take Control.

World Diabetes Day is represented by the blue circle logo, the universal symbol for diabetes. Until 2006, there was no global symbol for diabetes, and so its purpose is to give diabetes a common identity. In general it aims to:

  • support all existing efforts to raise awareness about diabetes

  • inspire new activities, bring diabetes to the attention of the general public

  • brand diabetes, and

  • provide a means to show support for the fight against diabetes