In May 1943 the National Association for diabetes was formed at the initiative of the local associations in Landskrona, Halmstad and Helsingborg. It was these three compounds together with the newly formed association in Malmö who laid the foundation for today's organization.
There were several reasons why they decided to form a national organization for people with diabetes:
There was a concern about the lack of access to insulin.
Therese Sandin, who was the organization's first President, had a great interest especially the situation of children and she wanted to create an opportunity for summer residence of the children.
Their goal is to minimise the impact of diabetes. To achieve this they:
Try to influence politicians and decision makers
Distribute information about diabetes
Enable meetings through their local branches.
The Association is made of around 24 000 members and has 96 local branches and 19 regional branches.
All around Sweden, the local and regional branches work to influence diabetes-related issues and to offer activities for its members. Members between the ages of 15-30 have the opportunity to get involved in Young Diabetes. Young Diabetes is a part of the association that works to provide a community, information, inspiration and support for young people with diabetes.
All their work emanates from their members and aims to make it easier to live with diabetes. Therefore, they actively engage in all diabetes-related political work. Some issues that are particularly important for them are:
More just and individual implementing of the law for driving licences in terms of the risk of hypoglycaemia and how visual field tests shall be conducted and judged. They should be based on current knowledge of diabetes.
The Diabetes consultant is a project that aims to find ways to help children and parents feel safe at school. This can e.g. be a nurse who increases staff knowledge of diabetes at the school and helps adjust the school day so it works smoothly with meals, blood sugar tests and insulin intake.
As part of Diabetes Sweden (an umbrella organisation consisting of SDA and professionals), the Swedish Diabetes Association lobby for the government to develop a national strategy for diabetes.
Monitor and participate in the debate on drug benefit and aid, as well as in consultations and other meetings and provide comments on committee reports. The goal is that all people with diabetes should have access to diabetes aids and that they continue to be included in the government’s benefits system.
Every year their diabetes branches preform hundreds of activities for their members. The association initiates and carries out some of these activities.
One annual event is the World Diabetes Day which is usually very acknowledged and appreciated.
Message from the President
Mr Fredrik Löndahl "In a time when diabetes is increasing dramatically, a strong voice for persons with diabetes is more important than ever. The progress we see in society and research shows that our work is making a difference. Beeing a part of the international diabetes family is very important since diabetes does not stop by the border. Many decisions affecting people with diabetes are taken at a supranatural level, and member organizations can learn a lot from each other. Together we are making it easier to live with diabetes, and hopefully, one day diabetes will be terminated."