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Issue: Working together to tackle diabetes
Section: IDF Regional News
Improving the lives of people with diabetes and those at risk in the IDF European Region
The IDF European (EU) Region is a wonderful example of unity-in-diversity -different cultures, healthcare systems, different levels of resources. There are a multitude of unique experiences from country to country where we can learn from each other and adapt to our own culture where appropriate.
However, the increasing numbers show that the EU is facing a diabetes pandemic similar to the rest of the world, despite the favourable outcomes of scientific studies to prevent diabetes and its burden.
In our recent publication ‘Integrating Diabetes Evidence into Practice: challenges and opportunities to bridge the gaps’, we mapped the challenges and the opportunities to bridge the gaps between the available scientific evidence and the real life practices at different levels across Europe, including the healthcare system level, healthcare professional level and at the level of people living with diabetes.
Our region has the highest number of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes in the world. We have also started the YOURAH program for youth. Young people are the future of the IDF Member Associations and all seven regions and they have an immense capacity with their out-of-the-box thinking. We need more youth involvement from the Member Associations and from the European Region of the YLD program to flourish this program. I want to take this opportunity to thank to the Board Members: Kyle Jacques Rose, Cristina Petrut, Iryna Vlasenko and Elisabeth Dupont from our Regional Office for their guidance and coordination, and to all the youth advocates who are currently participating.
When it comes to “improving the lives of people with diabetes and those at risk in our region” as the vision of 2018-19 by the IDF Europe Board, we must concentrate, with all means, the implementation of the political commitments as declared by several political institutions.
Through our IMPACT Diabetes Pledge, we want to strengthen our network of European Parliamentarians, to make our voice heard more strongly, to prioritise diabetes on the political agenda, and to motivate the decision-makers to do follow-up of the political commitments made.
We very much hope that in this term we will keep on building on the past achievements of IDF Europe together with our Member Associations in our region.
Şehnaz Karadeniz is the Chair of the IDF European Region