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Scotiabank Supports World Diabetes Day
By Maxine Seymour
Nov 13, 2017 - 9:35:43 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas – Scotiabank is proud to support World Diabetes Day (WDD), celebrated on November 14 of each year.

“We are committed to helping young people become better off and are thrilled to partner with The Bahamas Diabetic Association to raise awareness as diabetes is prevalent among our population, impacting adults and children,” said Nakera Symonette, Senior Manager, Marketing, Scotiabank. 

In recognition of WDD, Scotiabank made a donation to The Bahamas Diabetic Association; employees are also wearing blue ribbons to raise awareness.  

“The International Diabetes Federation has taken a particular interest in The Bahamas this year, as our percentage of diagnoses persons has hit an all-time high,” said Eugene Thurston, Director General, The Bahamas Diabetic Association.  “We have intensified our efforts to educate Bahamians on this disease and its serious complications.”

The theme for WDD 2017 is Women and Diabetes.

About World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225.

WDD is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight.

The World Diabetes Day campaign aims to:

•Be the platform to promote IDF advocacy efforts throughout the year.

•Be the global driver to promote the importance of taking coordinated and concerted actions to confront diabetes as a critical global health issue.

The campaign is represented by a blue circle logo that was adopted in 2007 after the passage of the UN Resolution on diabetes. The blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes awareness. It signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes epidemic.

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