One of IDF Europe's main activities is policy and advocacy at the regional and national level.
At regional level, the main targets of IDF Europe are the EU Institutions (European Parliament and European Commission), the Council of Europe and the World Health Organization European Region.
At national level, the Federation acts as a bridge for its Members by informing them on the latest policy developments Europe-wide. This way, national members can perfom their policy and advocay activities at national level, using regional activities as a reference.
Every year, the World Diabetes Day (WDD) is a great occasion to raise awareness of the escalating health threat posed by diabetes at the European, national and local level.
For 2018-2019, WDD focused on the theme “Family and Diabetes”. 463 million people are living with diabetes today with 59 million of them in Europe. Most of these cases are type 2 diabetes, which is preventable through physical activity, a healthy diet and healthy living environment. Families play a key role in addressing these modifiable risk factors and must be provided with the education, resources and environment to live healthily.
WDD is crucial for highlighting the high-level advocacy efforts towards Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). In 2018, WWD coincided with the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg. At the regional office, we took advantage of the opportunity not only to raise our voice in Brussels but also in Strasbourg, through organising multiple parallel awareness raising activities.