BAD is the only nationally representative association for patients with diabetes condition in Republic of Bulgaria.
It was created in 1991 from a group of notorious Bulgarian endocrinologists, doctors and patients, under the leadership of prof. N. Colebinov with main goal to improve the way of life, the medical care and the prevention to people with diabetes in the country. To achieve this goals BAD has constantly requested from the government and the state institutions to ensure the necessary conditions for an up-to date treatment and self - control of the diabetes as well as to provide a systematic prevention and treatment of diabetic complications. Next to these tasks BAD also defends the rights of the patients with diabetes trying to solve their individual problems through the competent state, departmental and health care institutions.
The Management of BAD works in a close co-operation with all patient organizations within the Confederation for Health protection, with the Bulgarian Society of Endocrinology, with medical doctor’s Diabetic Association, with the society of the Diabetic Nurses in Bulgaria and many Bulgarian and international organizations .
Defend the constitutional rights of people with diabetes in Bulgaria with aiming to gradually increase the social benefits they can obtain.
Convince the Government of State for necessity and importance of health, social and financial impact that can have the provision of conditions for efficient prevention, training of all Bulgarian population for healthy way of life and nutrition, as well as to ensure periodical screening of people under risk.
Ensure conditions for efficient, accessible, timely and advanced medical care, monitoring, training and control of diabetes and all kind of diabetes complications.
Strengthen role of self-control, training and pro-activity of the patients during the medical care process and prevention from complications. Encourage voluntaries activity in this respect.
Organize on yearly basis programs for dietetic nutrition, free flu vaccine distribution and free training sessions for persons with diabetes from qualified medical care experts on various topics and aspects of the living with diabetes condition.
Work-out, print and distribute educational materials on different issues related to diabetes – manuals, brochures, leaflets, etc.
Organize discussions, press-conferences, round tables, training seminars on national, regional and international level for discussions on major problems related to diabetes and our proposals for their most efficient resolution.
Organize every year the initiative “November – the month of diabetes” on the occasion of the World diabetes day – 14th November.
Establish on country level several Regional Centers for Information and Consultation (RCIC). There people with diabetes from the region would ask questions, get trainings, receive check-ups and have access to consultation with provided by BAD medical experts – e.g. endocrinologists, cardiologists, ophthalmologists, neurologists, surgeons, nephrologists, dieticians and others.
We urge State institutions to adopt a long term National diabetes plan as well to elaborate a National diabetes register for the country.
Train each and every patient with diabetes to maintain constantly their blood glucose in optimal range! This is the most secure way to prevent them from all problems and complications from diabetes as well as will ensure their normal life!
Message from the President
Mr Krasimir Todorev Kanev "I know, we can! I’am sure we can do it and change the negative trend in statistics for diabetes if we act now together with strong personal commitment and maximum efforts. I myself have diabetes and I am well acquainted with both health and social aspects of this condition. I am aware about the potential we all possess and this potential is much more important than the concerns, the issues and the challenges of the life with diabetes. I think it is high time for the society to stop considering people living with diabetes as sick people. Diabetes is a way of life. Bulgarian Diabetes association is the one to bring the message for change of mind and approach to diabetes condition not only to its members but to the general public as well. Those, living with diabetes should feel they are an integral valuable part of the society. The “key word” for me is Partnership. And I would like to see our association considered by institutions not as the “opponent” when dealing with a problem, but as the partner with whom to find the optimal solution. I wish the patients organizations and namely Bulgarian diabetes association not only to name and point the issues that people with diabetes live with, but also to look for the possibilities to solve those issues. Our demands should be well grounded and our actions – aligned with best practices. Thus, together with institutions we should look for implementation of mutual programs and projects within the framework of a national diabetes plan in order to achieve sustainability of the policies for health and medical care for those living with diabetes".