Learning from COVID-19 for more resilient health systems and improved care
COVID-19 has had a major negative impact on people living with diabetes. They are at heightened risk of developing a serious form of the disease and/or dying from it. COVID-19 has disrupted access to care, essential complications screening, and diagnosis, potentially leading to severe complications over the longer term. The burden associated with the lockdown measures imposed in many countries has constrained people’s ability to exercise and/or eat healthily and caused psychological distress.
IDF Europe’s priorities:
Support people living with Diabetes through resources, information exchange, and advocacy work during and after the crisis.
Share the learnings and experiences from the crisis to promote stronger healthcare systems for a lasting systemic change in diabetes care and improve the preparedness of healthcare systems and the diabetes community to counteract future health emergencies.
Ensure that diabetes remains a high priority for policymakers and health professionals in the response and recovery phase and over the long term.
For this reason, IDF Europe launched two surveys to gather data on how the pandemic has impacted people living with diabetes and healthcare professionals:
Take our survey (People living with Diabetes) - Now closed (Preliminary results below)
The Initial Results of our COVID-19 Survey for People Living with Diabetes
The highlights of the initial results of the People Living with Diabetes and COVID-19 survey were presented at IDF Europe's World Diabetes Day Symposium on November 17. The aim of the survey is to collect data on how COVID-19 has impacted the lives of people living with diabetes in order to implement policy changes in the future. The results indicated a worrying decrease in one's ability to manage their diabetes due to a number of factors, including lockdown restrictions, increased levels of anxiety, and difficulties accessing healthcare. The results also highlighted how health systems were able to adapt to the situation by implementing virtual alternatives and how people living with diabetes responded to this.