OAK BROOK, IL, November 4, 2009 – Lions Clubs International recently earned honorable recognition for its outstanding service in diabetes from the International Diabetes Federation. At the 20th World Diabetes Congress, October 19-22, in Montreal, Canada, Professor Martin Silink, 2006-2009 president of the International Diabetes Federation, presented the award to Lions Clubs International during the General Council assembly of its more than 200 member associations representing more than 160 countries. The award recognizes Lions Clubs International formally as one of the prominent global leaders in humanitarian and community services, and for its consideration for diabetes as a growing global concern.
The diabetes epidemic will affect close to 440 million by 2030 if the current trend is not addressed. On behalf of Lions Clubs International, President Eberhard Wirfs states that the association “will continue to encourage its membership to become increasingly involved with diabetes-related projects and activities in response to this growing epidemic.”
The International Diabetes Federation is a not-for-profit organization that advocates for the more than 285 million people with diabetes, their families and their healthcare providers. Its mission is to promote worldwide diabetes care, prevention and a cure. The IDF is a non-governmental organization (NGO) in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and an associated NGO with the United Nations Department of Public Information.
Since the inception of the Lions Clubs International’s Diabetes Awareness and Action program in 1984, Lions members have been committed to diabetes education, prevention, control and research. The Lions Clubs International Foundation has provided grant funding to Lions worldwide for projects such as children’s diabetes camps, construction of diabetes health centers, provision of diagnostic equipment and mobile health units and support for research.
Lions around the world will join together to celebrate Diabetes Awareness Month in November and World Diabetes Day on November 14, a campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation and its member associations. World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the IDF and WHO in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with 1.35 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in 207 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.