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27 June 2019

News from Europe

Switzerland: producing evidence to combat discrimination

discrimination mediumFighting discrimination and stigma is one of the priorities of the Swiss Diabetes Association.

To bring about change, the association launched a study in 2012 aiming to provide evidence to policy makers about cases of discrimination against people with diabetes in a wide range of settings including education (schools and universities), the workplace, banks and insurances. The goal is to identify the barriers people with diabetes face in terms of career choice, mobility or even medical treatment.

The study is currently composed of two phases: a first quantitative survey was carried out in 2012 and completed in May 2013. The Swiss Diabetes Association is now collected answers to a qualitative survey, which should be completed by this Summer. Based on the findings of the study, the association will work on policy recommendations to improve the lives of people with diabetes and engage with policy-makers.

Initial findings and more information about the study are available on the Swiss Diabetes Association’s website, including a previous report on the issue of discrimination of people with diabetes published in 2009. 

For additional information, you can also contact Stephanie Alder at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.