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Remembrance days: Diabetes Awareness Day, Sheba Dibosh & World Diabetes Day

28th February, the day the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh was founded, is celebrated annually as 'Diabetes Awareness Day'. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public spotlight. Meanwhile 6th September, the day Dr. Mohammad Ibrahim passed away, is commemorated as 'Sheba Dibosh' (Diabetes Service Day).

Internationally, in more than 160 countries and territories, 14th November is observed as World Diabetes Day. It was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to promote awareness of diabetes and to combat the global rise of the condition. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2007 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. Each year the IDF features a new theme to address issues facing the global diabetes community. While the themed campaigns last the whole year, the day itself is celebrated on 14th November, to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.

Centenary birthday anniversary of Dr. Mohammad Ibrahim

On 31 December 2011 the 100th birth anniversary of Dr. Ibrahim was celebrated. All institutes and affiliated organisation of Bangladesh Diabetic Somiti celebrated the day. Special prayers was offered and Diabetes Screening Program were arranged and special diet for the admitted patients were served. A photo exhibition was also arranged reflecting the life and works of the Late National Professor. A new museum, "Ibrahim Memorial Museum", was inaugurated to preserve and protect memories of Prof. Ibrahim.

"Visionary and Missionary National Professor Dr. Mohammad Ibrahim" documentary

In 2010 Mahbubul Alam Taru directed a 56-minute documentary titled "Visionary and Missionary National Professor Dr. Mohammad Ibrahim'" which focused on the works and contribution of this great son of the soil. The premiere show of the documentary was held in the National Museum, Dhaka, where Chief Justice Mostafa Kamal and National Professor M. R. Khan were the main guests.

Since my childhood, I have seen him as a social activist. He was very religious.

Chief Justice Mostafa Kamal said the documentary will encourage others to follow the ideology of Dr. Ibrahim

It is Dr. Mohammad Ibrahim who inspired me to establish an organisation like the Institute of Child Health.

Prof. M. R. Khan, National Professor of Bangladesh

The documentary was later shown at all the diabetes centre in 56 districts of Bangladesh.

  • Mahbubul Alam Taru ()

What others say about him...

Those of us who know him personally, would not have met a man of his metor. Simple and humble but philanthropic and most indulgent to the care of underprivileged diabetics. Vocational rehabilitation of diabetes in rural Bangladesh was his exemplary contribution in the third world.

He persistently endeavoured to change the educational pattern and concept of medical practice from episodic to an anticipatory and comprehensive one, from clinical to preventive and promotive so as to meet the challenge of modern times with contemporary technology through example rather than precept.

We pray for a restful abode for him and his life to be a continuing inspiration for those who work for diabetics in the underprivileged social order.

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Dr. Ibrahim was a dynamic leader. He was very firm about what he wanted to achieve - and would go ahead and do it. He was firm, he might appear frightening but when you knew him well you would see he was at heart a very gentle man. I will always remember him for his contribution to women's development in Bangladesh. He took a very bold step in 1976 by appointing 13,000 women to work in village family planning programmes. Due to some bureaucratic procedures, the appointment could not take place for a long time. But Professor Ibrahim gave orders to complete the appointment by 31 March 1976. To do this in 1976, when only 6% of the women of Bangladesh were literate, was a miracle.

Mahnur Rahman, former Director of Training at the National Institute of Population Research and Training (NIPORT) in Bangladesh

National Professor Mohammad Ibrahim was a celebrated physician, a gifted teacher, a talented organiser and a great reformer. His contributions in the field of medicine in general and diabetes in particular have been nothing less than phenomenal.

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