Mobilising for diabetes

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. 

IDF Europe marked World Diabetes Day 2014 by hosting a Diabetes Awareness Week from 3 to 7 November in the European Parliament in Brussels, together with the support of Marisa Matias MEP.

This year again, IDF Europe renewed its partnership with Sodexo, the catering services of the European Parliament, to raise awareness of diabetes and healthy lifestyle. Under the theme “Steps to Healthy Living” the initiative included a healthy lunches on offer in the European Parliament restaurants, allowing IDF Europe to reach out to several thousand people.


You can download the 2014 campaign material here below and adapt it for your own campaigns. For any queries about the World Diabetes Day campaign, contact Giulia Barenghi at


On 5 November, IDF Europe held a breakfast debate to present the findings of the 4th edition of Diabetes in Europe: Policy Puzzle, a pan-European audit which documents the evolution of diabetes policies in Europe and calls for improved implementation and evaluation of policies for diabetes care and prevention. More than 50 participants including policy makers, representatives from the European Commission, public health and industry organisations involved in diabetes care attended the breakfast, which was also supported by a group of 10 MEPs from different political groups. Discussions focused on the findings of the 4th edition of the Policy Puzzle, as well as case studies from Cyprus and Finland, followed-up by a Q&A session.

In the afternoon, Marisa Matias MEP also hosted the awarding ceremony of the 2014 IDF Europe Prizes in Diabetes. This year the prize for Young Researcher was awarded to Dr Joana Gaspar (category Young Researcher) in recognition of her outstanding scientific work in the field of cellular and molecular biology. The Polish Diabetes Association was awarded the prize for Long-Standing Achievement, for more than three decades of relentless work to improve diabetes care and prevention in Poland. IDF Europe also had the honour to welcome Ms. Isabel de La Mata, Principal Advisor for DG Sanco, to award the prize to the Polish Diabetes Association.

Last but not least, around 200 people had their blood glucose tested at the exhibition area during the day on 5 November. IDF Europe would like to thank colleagues from the Belgian Diabetes Association – ABD, for supporting our event and help us organise and conduct the blood glucose testing.

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