Diabetes : The Policy Puzzle

Diabetes: The Policy Puzzle is the only pan-European audit which documents the evolution of the diabetes epidemic and the disparate national policies and practices that currently exist across the European region. Covering 47 European countries, the research provides with detailed country reports, facts and figures and recommendations to act on the diabetes epidemic at European and national levels.

The report is produced by the International Diabetes Federation European Region (IDF Europe) in partnership with the Foundation of European Nurses in Diabetes (FEND), Primary Care Diabetes Europe (PCDE) and the Alliance for European Diabetes Research (EURADIA). The Policy Puzzle is published every three years and 3 editions are already available. The 4th edition of the report will be released on 14 November 2014 coinciding with World Diabetes Day.

Here are the key findings of the 3rd edition of the Policy Puzzle (2011) below:

The Policy Puzzle - 3rd edition: Key Findings

  • Across Europe more than 52.8 million people have diabetes. By 2030 this figure will rise to 64 million - which equals to 9.5% of the adult population.
  • Europe is home to the highest prevalence of children living with type 1 diabetes.
  • In 2011, 20 of the countries surveyed spent around 10% of their total health expenditure on diabetes, making it a growing cost burden for governments.
  • Almost half of the country surveyed (22 out of 47) reported still not having a national plan to fight diabetes
  • In low to middle income European countries, economic problems -often resulting from political instability- lead to inadequate provision of health care, access and availability of essential medicines and basic services for people with diabetes


Diabetes: The Policy Puzzle
3rd edition (2011)
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Diabetes: The Policy Puzzle
2nd edition (2008)

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Diabetes: The Policy Puzzle
1st edition (2005)

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