When the world's largest humanitarian body comes up against one of the world's largest killers.
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest humanitarian body with 47,000 clubs and 1.42 million members across all borders. With the motto of "We Serve," Lions have been fostering a spirit of understanding and collective combating of global issues for 100 years.
With the same interest in mind, the fight against diabetes was globally taken up by the organisation. A 2014 statistic by WHO states that 422 million people suffer from the disease. In 2015, an estimated 1.6 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes.
These among many other numbers drew the attention of Lions and now the organisation has taken it upon itself to not only fight the pandemic, but also educate the people.
India is the diabetes capital of the world. It's about time we started
acting like it.
According to the International Diabetes Federation 69.1 million people in India have diabetes. About 50 million of these are Type-2. That is in fact an alarming figure, indeed.
According to the Lancet study, China, India and USA are among the top three countries with a high number of diabetic population. The prevalence of this disease has increased almost to threefold for men in India and China (3.7 per cent to 9.1 per cent in India and 3.5 per cent to 9.9 per cent in China).
These figures are enough to indicate that India is the diabetes capital of the world.
With all this in mind, Lions have decided to go up against the disease and the first big attempt starts with India.
It's all happening in Delhi (NCR). One step at a time. Taking Diabetes down, brick by brick.
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