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02 October 2023

Movers & Shakers

Meet Iryna Vlasenko, new IDF Europe Board Member from Ukraine

I am Associate Professor at the National Medical Academy of Post-Graduate Education (PhD in pharmacy) and Responsible Editor of the scientific «Pharmaceutical journal». 

I have worked in the Pharmaceutical Department of the Capital Municipality for 10 years, including medical and pharmaceutical services to people with diabetes.
My work entails the development, composition and production technology of medical films, soft medicine drug for dermatology, dentistry, and for treatment of trophic wounds.
My scientific interests cover pharmaceutical care of patients with diabetes, therapeutic patient education, patient rights including in clinical trials. Since 2006, on World Diabetes Day I organize social actions at pharmacies.

I am Chair of the Advocacy and Communication Department of the Ukrainian Diabetic Federation (2013-2015); Member of the National Diabetes Council; Member of the Public Council of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine; Deputy Chairman of the Public Council of the State Administration of Ukraine on medicinal products. I am member of a multidisciplinary working group of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine tasked to draft medical-technological documents for the standardization of medical care of Type1 and Type2 diabetes.


As a leader of the Youth and Education Department of the Ukrainian Diabetic Federation (2007-2012) I was responsible for the International Youth Camp Artek; Educational camps for adults; and DIAEURO - International Football Championship for people with diabetes.
I am part of the Working group of the Implementation certification of Educator for self-management schools on a State level. I was also Educator in a special programme for people with diabetes.

I would like to give back everything my teachers shared with me. As IDF Europe Board Member I am ready to offer my heart, energy, professionalism and organizational skills to realize our common idea: a better life for people with diabetes. My focus is attention to those who are already living with diabetes. My priorities are:

-to strengthen the diabetes movement in Europe through the development of Members via improved collaboration and communication;
-to ensure access to adequate diabetes care through the availability of essential medicines and drugs price reduction;
-campaigning for systemic change, which will bring about a lasting change;
-fighting discrimination through the promotion of an active and healthy lifestyle with projects such as DIAEURO;
-to make IDF better known through pharmacies, a very strong vehicle for improving public health;
-to strengthen Members’ Youth movement through activities with young volunteers.

I am sure that over the next two years we will further establish our Region as an effective defender of the interests of people with diabetes across Europe. Interactions between the Board and Members will strengthen the work of both institutions, as will interactions between Members, Governments and the general public.