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29 September 2020

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Albania: driving new policies to act on diabetes

albania2During the first two weeks on November, the Albanian Diabetes Association organised screening and healthy eating events in cities across the country, with the moto being ‘Eat Healthy, Live Healthy’. More than 2,500 people were screened, while healthcare professionals and people with diabetes attending the events were educated on healthy lifestyles as part of optimal diabetes management.

Targeting policy makers, the association also held the 6th Diabetes Hall in Tirana, the country’s capital, involving the Ministry of Health and other politicians. More than 800 people participated in the event and more than 500 were screened.

A public hearing session organised by the Albanian Diabetes Association was also held by the Health commission in the Albanian parliament on 12 November. A wide range of stakeholders linked to the delivery of diabetes care were involved and politicians promised to put diabetes high on their agenda for 2015.

albania1Special attention will be paid to children with diabetes. Indeed, children with diabetes still have difficulties in accessing treatment, due to low levels of reimbursement for certain products.

The association then followed up with a diabetes forum on 15 November, with the aim of developing a national diabetes strategy and launching a national diabetes register. The Albanian Diabetes Association will distribute a free diabetes pack, containing testing equipment, to every child diagnosed with diabetes from 1 January 2015. The association is now hoping that healthcare authorities will also reimburse test strips for children at least until the age of 14.

For more information, contact the association at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.