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30 September 2020


IDF Europe calls for better implementation of policies for diabetes prevention and care

WDD2014smallIDF Europe marked World Diabetes Day 2014 by hosting a Diabetes Awareness Week from 3 to 7 November in the European Parliament in Brussels, together with the support of Marisa Matias MEP.

As the number of people with diabetes is rising in Europe and beyond, IDF Europe highlighted the urgent need to better implement and evaluate policies for diabetes prevention and care during a breakfast meeting at the European Parliament on 5 November, as part of its week of awareness activities.

IDF Europe presented the findings of the 4th edition of Diabetes in Europe: Policy Puzzle, to to more than 50 guests including a group of 10 MEPs from different political groups, representatives from the European Commission, and representatives from public health and industry organisations involved in diabetes care. The report reveals that while progress has been made in terms of diabetes treatment and prevention, the majority of European countries still show major weaknesses when it comes to implement and evaluate the impact of their policies for diabetes, therefore not allowing for proper use of resources.

In the afternoon of the same day, Marisa Matias MEP also hosted the awarding ceremony of the 2014 IDF Europe Prizes in Diabetes. This year the prize for Young Researcher was awarded to Dr Joana Gaspar (category Young Researcher) in recognition of her outstanding scientific work in the field of cellular and molecular biology. The Polish Diabetes Association was awarded the prize for Long-Standing Achievement, for more than three decades of relentless work to improve diabetes care and prevention in Poland. IDF Europe also had the honour to welcome Ms. Isabel de La Mata, Principal Advisor for DG Sanco, to award the prize to the Polish Diabetes Association.

Steps to Healthy Living

This year again, IDF Europe renewed its partnership with Sodexo, the catering services of the European Parliament, to raise awareness of diabetes and healthy lifestyle. Under the theme “Steps to Healthy Living” the initiative included a healthy lunches on offer in the European Parliament restaurants, allowing IDF Europe to reach out to several thousand people.

IDF Europe also set up an exhibition area in the main hall of the European Parliament where visitors received general information about diabetes and its impact on societies, healthy diet and physical activity for diabetes management and prevention, the meaning of healthy breakfast and the latest statistics on diabetes prevalence across Europe.

Last but not least, around 200 people has their blood glucose tested at the exhibition area during the day on 5 November. IDF Europe would like to thank colleagues from the Belgian Diabetes Association – ABD, for supporting our event and help us organise and conduct the blood glucose testing.

For more information and to downlaod the 2014 campaign material, click here.