The St Vincent Declaration 20 years on - defeating diabetes in the 21st century

One of the founders of the St Vincent movement, Michiel Krans, recently described the transformation in widely held perceptions of the role of people with diabetes during the years preceding the St Vincent Declaration in 1989. ‘They were no longer seen as patients, but as persons with a disease that had important personal and social consequences, which were also related to the way society accepts persons with diabetes.’ He emphasized a growing acceptance of the idea that each person with diabetes should be ‘co-responsible for their treatment.’ The Declaration aimed to build on this spirit of change to improve the health of people with diabetes in Europe. Michael Hall and Anne-Marie Felton describe progress after 20 years and look forward to the adoption of a Europe-wide strategy for the prevention, early diagnosis and management of diabetes.
Keywords: 
St Vincent Declaration, Istanbul Commitment