In acknowledgment of World Diabetes Day and under the theme of ACCESS TO DIABETES CARE:
IF NOT NOW, WHEN? https://worlddiabetesday.org. Abdulrahman Kanoo International School (ARKIS), led by Grade 11 students under the direction of Mr. Naser Altooblani (Psychology & TOK Teacher) supported the day with personalised stories from students with Type I diabetes in relation to diagnosis and management, psychological distress, myths, and facts and how the community in and out of the school can be more supportive. In a way of acknowledging this NCCD, the universal symbol of diabetes, the Blue Circle, was used as a pledge of unity, in-line with International Diabetes Day. Staff and High School students were encouraged to wear blue, for further acknowledgment and awareness.
According to the Ministry of Health, “The Kingdom of Bahrain is considered one of the countries most affected by diabetes, where the incidence of diabetes is 14.7% of the adult population, and predictions indicate a high percentage of people with diabetic disease to about a quarter of the region’s population in the GCC countries by 2030”. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), this evidence places Bahrain within the top 15 of diabetes prevalence worldwide.
For local support and education contact www.bdsbahrain.org an NGO registered under the Ministry of Labour & Social Development and registered in the International Federation for Diabetes (IFD) since 1992.