Finnish Diabetes Association (founded 1955) is a national public-health and patient organization.
The Diabetes Centre in Tampere is the national headquarters of the Finnish Diabetes Association, housing the Central Office and the Education and Training Centre of the Association. Counselling and training courses for persons with diabetes are held around the year. Education and further training are also organized for health care professionals.
The Finnish Diabetes Association receives funds from several sources for its activity:
allocations from Finland's Slot Machine Association (RAY)
proceeds from own operations
Their goal is a strong image and experience of an attractive and significant Diabetes Association, through brand thinking in all activities within the central organization and member associations. The central organization holds the main responsibility of realizing the brand thinking.
Their added value
Trustworthy source of knowledge
Self-care support, the individual as a whole
Active and visible influental activity
Voice of people with diabetes
One of their main functions is to work for persons with diabetes in the society (policy advocacy). They keep an eye on legislative proposals and give statements in issues concerning diabetes prevention and people with diabetes. They have invited Members of Parliament from every Parliamentary group to form a Diabetes Group in the Parliament of Finland.
Their local branches act locally making sure people with diabetes and diabetes prevention are taken into account in municipalities. They offer their members information, support and a wide range of activitities (lectures, courses, events with experts, peer support, outing and travel opportunities).
The association offers support to people with diabetes, has a helpline with a diabetes nurse answering questions, meetings and happenings for various groups, wide variety of web based services: a comprehensive web service www.diabetes.fi, a lively discussion forum, Facebook-pages, diabetes courses etc.
The Diabetes Centre provides courses for 1 700 people each year, both patients and health care professionals.
One Life projects – promoting vascular health and diabetes care:
Diabetes magazine (online periodical, 6 issues per year) for persons with diabetes and other people interested in diabetes. diabeteslehti.diabetes.fi
Diabetes and Doctor (periodical, 5 issues per year) aimed at diabetes care professionals: mainly doctors and nurses but also dieticians, podiatrists, etc.
Inspis, an online magazine for young people with diabetes (12-25 yrs.).
They also publish a comprehensive range of material for persons with diabetes, their relatives and for the health care professionals. Part of the material is chargeable, part is free of charge. (see www.diabetes.fi/d-kauppa)
Dr Tommi Vasankari "The Finnish Diabetes Association is commited in strong international collaboration in order to beat diabetes. In this work, IDF has had and will have in future an important role. Therefore, the Finnish Diabetes Association is proudly working with IDF for a better future of patients with diabetes and for preventing diabetes."