Women and Diabetes: advocating for medical equality

Women and Diabetes, WDD 2017

World Diabetes Day is celebrated every year on the 14th of November. WDD promotes a specific theme each year to highlight the importance of various medical and social aspects that are affected by this condition.

The organisation has chosen 2017 as the year they focus on “Women and Diabetes”. The statistics are truly alarming. There are currently 199 million women who are living and dealing with diabetes around the world. This figure is projected to skyrocket to 313 million by the year 2040[1]. WDD partners advocate for the right to women’s affordable and equitable access to knowledge, information, essential medicines and technologies to ensure self-management, better outcomes and ultimately, increase their capacity to prevent type 2 diabetes. Women and girls with diabetes can often face stigmatisation and discrimination because of the accumulation of stigmas this gender carries Read more

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Red smoke making the shape of human lungs

The year is coming to an end and with that, festivities, get-togethers and holidays. This, however, does not deter from health organisations year-long efforts to continually raise awareness about crucial issues that need our society’s constant, and sometimes very urgent, attention.

Every November a group of leading international research and advocacy organisations join forces to help drive “The Lung Cancer Awareness Month Coalition”. Their ultimate goal is to help improve outcomes for lung cancer patients on a global scale. As the Coalition explains on their website, lcam.org, “the Coalition seeks to fill this void, inspiring hope and achieving better results for patients in the process. Most of all, the Coalition strives to debunk the unfair assumptions and stigma associated with lung cancer by better educating the public on the disease and its causes.” Lung cancer is the most common cause of death from Read more