World Diabetes Day: Know the warning signs, get the care you need

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Three hundred and forty-seven million people worldwide have diabetes.

Three hundred and forty-seven million people worldwide have diabetes and the World Health Organization (WHO) projects that it will be the 7th leading cause of death in 2030. Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces, resulting in increased blood sugar. In some regions where there is a high prevalence of obesity amongst women, there will be more diabetic women than men. Some women also get diabetes halfway through their pregnancy, what is called gestational diabetes. On World Diabetes Day observed on 14 November each year, people are encouraged to adopt a healthy lifestyle and early testing as a means of prevention.

Water points help improve quality of life for young girls in Ethiopia

Wubalem is collecting clean water from a water tap constructed in her village in Machakel district, Ethiopia.

Young girls in northern Ethiopia can now fetch water without fear of getting raped or abducted.  The construction and rehabilitation of water points by UNICEF, the European Union (EU) and other partners, is making their lives easier. Five years ago, it would take three full hours to collect unclean water from a river after walking through dangerous fields. The project has brought more than 100 water points to the area.

Global guidelines help governments safeguard peoples' ownership rights

Secure access to natural resources like land, water supplies, fisheries and forests, is seen as a key condition to improving food security for the world's poorest, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. For example, 70 per cent of female agricultural workers in developing countries, often have no or very limited access to resources, the agency notes. These women are often vulnerable to having their land seized, even when there are laws that protect them- and they are not alone. FAO's first ever international guidelines on governance of tenure to land and other natural resources such as water supplies, fisheries and forests has been hailed as a "historic breakthrough".

Producer: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Florence Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10’00″


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