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Ensure effective surveillance, prevention and management of diabetes, urges WHO on WHD
The World Health Day (WHD), coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO), was observed on April 7 across the globe. The WHD is being observed since 1950 to mark WHO's founding day to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year. The slogan of this year's WHD is "Halt the rise: beat diabetes".

The WHO has called on the world community and people to trigger a set of specific, effective and affordable actions to tackle diabetes by initiating the steps to prevent diabetes and diagnose, treat and care for people with diabetes by ensuring improved surveillance, enhanced prevention, and more effective management of diabetes.

The WHD is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by WHO such as World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Hepatitis Day, and World AIDS Day.

On the occasion of WHD, the WHO has urged the world community to the spread the message that diabetes could be controlled and managed to prevent complications by increasing access to diagnosis, self-management education and affordable treatment are vital components of the response.

According to WHO, efforts to prevent and treat diabetes will be important to achieve the global Sustainable Development Goal 3 target of reducing premature mortality rate by scaling up prevention, strengthening care, and enhancing surveillance.

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