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29 September 2020

News from Europe

Portugal: youth group raises awareness of diabetes in schools

AJDP, the Portuguese association of young people with diabetes, reached out to children in primary schools as part of its 2014 World Diabetes Day activities.

Portugal1From 12 to 18 November, youth advocates visited primary schools and held a total of 15 lectures to raise awareness of diabetes and what it is to be living with this condition to children but also their teachers. The project, called “AJDP na Escolas” (Diabetes in Schools), continues to be a success and one of the landmark activities of the youth group in terms of educating young children about diabetes and the importance to adopt healthy lifestyles early on.

On 14 November, AJDP organised free screening events in two metro stations in Lisbon, and tested more than 500 people. On the same day, and with the support of the Republican National Guard, the youth group also organised a “traffic stop” operation, stopping drivers and asking them to take a blood glucose test. Each of the drivers doing the test then received a “driving kit”, with the aim to raise awareness of hypoglycaemia while driving.

AJDP also took part in the Blue Monument Challenge, lighting up the Cristo Rei monument in Lisbon – a colossal landmark famous worldwide – on 14 November. For more information, contact Carlos Neves at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Portugal58th National Diabetes Forum

Earlier in the month, Lisbon also hosted the 8th National Diabetes Forum.

Held on 2 November, the event was supported by the National Programme for Diabetes of the General Directorate of Health, the Portuguese Diabetes Society, the Portuguese Diabetes Association and other societies and associations. Over 2,500 people with diabetes, their families and friends, health professionals and other stakeholders involved in diabetes care and prevention attended the forum.

The event program covered several topics, including the experiences of young people with diabetes, healthy life habits and the role of policy makers in national policy decisions that impact the lives of people with diabetes. You can watch a video of the event here.