Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic: building a stronger and more resilient diabetes ecosystem
Last update: 11/02/2021
The diabetes community needs your data to ensure systemic reforms of health care systems!
Disruptions caused by the current pandemic, such as restrictive lockdown measures, modified living conditions and inadequate access to care have placed a huge burden on people living with diabetes. Recent studies have also demonstrated that people living with diabetes are at higher risk of developing severe complications from COVID-19 and figures sadly tend to indicate that people living with diabetes having contracted the disease are more likely to be hospitalised, with potentially, worse outcomes.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted weaknesses in healthcare systems across Europe and lessons must now be drawn to start building a stronger and more resilient diabetes ecosystem.
To map the challenges faced by people living with diabetes and their relatives/carers, but also to help uncover the innovative actions and solutions which were implemented during the crisis, IDF Europe launched two surveys - one for people living with diabetes (now closed, see preliminary results here) and one designed to get the views and perspectives from healthcare professionals.
We thank all those who contributed to the development of the surveys and all diabetes associations that kindly accepted to translate them.
We are currently analysing the results of our survey aimed at people living with diabetes. A preview of the results was made available on November 17th.
If you are a healthcare professional, take the survey in your own language here: