• Call for application for the IDF Europe Youth Leadership Camp (8-14 July 2018) is open!

    April 04 2018

    Call for application to participate in the IDF Europe Youth Leadership Camp (8-14 July 2018) is open until 26 April 2018! 

    This year's camp will be held in in Srby (close to Prague), in the Czech Republic. It will be hosted by our member Svaz diabetiků České republiky, z.s. and organized in close cooperation with DIAstyl z.s.

    Are you living with diabetes and aged between 18-30, and are passion about making a difference in diabetes care in Europe? Then apply at

    The programme for 2018 is currently being developed, to have an idea of what awaits you, please refer to the 2017 programme and to the 2017 Youth Leadership Camp Report here.

    For more information, please contact Elisabeth Dupont at 



  • 11 April - World Health Day Webinar

    April 04 2018

    7 April is #WorldHealthDay and this year’s theme is #HealthforAll

    In Europe, many people with diabetes and their families are financially struggling to access several medicines including essential medicines for their therapy. This is unacceptable to IDF Europe, and we call for Universal Health Coverage for everyone in the continent. To mark this important occasion, we have released a news piece outlining the benefits of investing in the healthcare systems to improve the lives of those living with diabetes as well as their loved ones.

    YOURAH young advocates are also eager to make a difference and have their voices heard on this issue, so a webinar has been scheduled for 11 April at CET 8:00 where young patient representatives from across the continent would present their perspectives of access to diabetes in low, middle and high-income countries.

    You can follow the webinar using this link

  • 7 April 2018 - World Health Day

    April 04 2018

    Health for all and all for health:
    A call for Universal Health Coverage for everyone in Europe
                                                                                                                            Brussels 6 April 2018

    In Europe, many people with diabetes and their families are financially struggling to access essential medicines for their therapy. This is unacceptable to IDF Europe, and we call for Universal Health Coverage for everyone in the continent.

    Living with a chronic condition such as diabetes is a daily struggle requiring commitment to therapies and medication, adherence to change in lifestyle and support from family. Living with diabetes is also a financial burden for many European citizens who do not benefit from Universal Health Coverage systems at home and therefore end up having to cover the costs themselves or be a financial burden to the family.

    Health is a right, not a privilege
    Access to quality healthcare should never depend on where you live, how much money you or your family have, your race, gender or age. As highlighted by the World Health Organisation in its constitutions1:
    - The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.
    - The health of all people is fundamental to the attainment of peace and security and is dependent on the fullest co-operation of individuals and States.
    - The achievement of any State in the promotion and protection of health is of value to all.
    - The extension to all people of the benefits of medical, psychological and related knowledge is essential to the fullest attainment of health.
    - Governments have a responsibility for the health of their people which can be fulfilled only by the provision of adequate health and social measures.

    Universal Health Coverage is therefore a must in all European countries.

    Health is a good social and economic investment for governments
    Investing in health is not an indulgence2. Every euro that a country invests in health today can produce up to 20 euro in full-income growth within a generation3. For example, when healthcare is accessible and affordable, adherence to treatment is higher, diabetes is better controlled, all at a relatively lower cost. Better adherence also means lesser or at least delayed complications, which are a financial and social burden. Increased adherence to treatment and controlled diabetes also leads to improved productivity of the workforce and more money available for families to contribute to the economic growth of the country. Countries implementing Universal Health Coverage are witnessing the benefits: healthier communities and stronger economies4.

    Supporting families that need diabetes care
    In the 21st century, it is unacceptable that families in Europe should continue to lack affordable healthcare to treat and manage their diabetes or suffer major financial difficulties because of it.
    The International Diabetes Federation’s theme for World Diabetes Day 2018-2019 is ‘Family and Diabetes’ and it echoes with the focus for this year’s World Health Day. It is time, for all European countries to adopt Universal Health Coverage: the single most powerful concept for better health. Costs can be shared among the entire population through pre-payment and risk-pooling rather than being shouldered by the sick alone.

    Celebrating this World Health Day dedicated to Universal Health Coverage, IDF Europe joins the World Health Organisation in calling European leaders to act with ambition and invest in health systems.
    The goal is to reach everyone in the community, based on needs - not the ability to pay.

    About IDF Europe: IDF Europe is an inclusive and multicultural umbrella organization of 71 national diabetes associations in 46 countries across the European region, representing people living with diabetes and healthcare professionals. Through our activities we aim to influence policy, increase public awareness and encourage health improvement, as well as promote the exchange of best practice and high-quality information about diabetes throughout the European region. We provide essential expertise and up-to-date evidence on diabetes, support awareness campaigns through a wide network of partners and stakeholders, and work with European and international organizations towards the development, implementation and monitoring of effective public policies for diabetes.

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