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Draft Intervention Statement
Submitted by the Global Alliance for Women's Health

4 June 2009
10:00 a.m.

  1. We, the Friends of the UN Diabetes Resolution, would be highly honored by your Government's support for our efforts to improve the health literacy and education of Diabetes Mellitus.
  2. Diabetes is a devastating disease, striking with the strength of an epidemic and exhibiting characteristics of an infectious disease. Over 246 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes, 122 million of whom are women.
  3. Women are uniquely affected by the disease. Physically, the risk of coronary heart disease, as well as diabetes ketoacidosis, is 50% higher for women than men. Women exhibit increased odds of developing depression because of diabetes. Socially, and structurally, women in most countries face gender inequalities, stigma and discrimination; diabetic women may be denied access to medical care, rejected as wives or be considered undesirable partners.
  4. Health is a development issue. It is our firm belief that increasing educational resources and knowledge of diabetes is essential to the success in diminishing its effects on both an individual's physical health and social well-being.
  5. The Friends of the UN Diabetes Resolution would like to draw your Government's attention to resolution 60/265 of 30 June 2006, passed by the United Nations General Assembly. By this resolution, the General Assembly:

    Recognizes 14 November, the current World Diabetes Day, as well a United Nations day, to be observed every year beginning in 2007.

    Invites all to observe World Diabetes Day in an appropriate manner; raise public awareness of diabetes and related complications, as well as its prevention and care, including through education and the mass media.

    Encourages Member States to develop national policies for the prevention, treatment and care of diabetes in line with the sustainable development of their health-care systems.

    Requests the Secretary General to bring the present resolution to the attention of the Member States and organizations of the United Nations System.

  6. The Friends of the UN Diabetes Resolution would like to express sincere appreciation to your Government for supporting this resolution. We are determined to maintain the momentum of support. In this regard, we would be grateful for Your Excellency's assistance in bringing this issue to your Government's attention.
  7. It is our considered view that increasing the awareness of diabetes as not only a health, but also a political issue, will be beneficial to your country and people in a multitude of ways.
  8. In addition, we would appreciate specific actions to ensure full and equal access of women and girls to education and health services as well as intensified efforts to achieve the MDG targets on Gender Equality and empowerment of women and girls. Collection of data desegregated by gender and socioeconomic status is needed in order to analyze health issues from a gender perspective; the results of such analysis can and should be used for health policy formulation.
  9. It is important to raise the profile of diabetes and its complications in the relevant organizations of the UN system, other international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including the NGO and the Private Sector.
  10. In the future, Friends of the United Nations Diabetes Resolution, hope to request the Secretary General Assembly in collaboration with the World Health Organization, to report on the observance of Member States actions taken in compliance with the National Policies for prevention, care and treatment of diabetes, and to implement those within the Resolution.
  11. The Friends of the United Nations Diabetes Resolution have the honor to express genuine gratitude for Your Excellency's assistance and continued intensified efforts.

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