Learning from COVID-19 for more resilient health systems and improved care
Although COVID-19 has impacted everyone, people living with diabetes (PwD) have paid and continue to pay a heavier toll. They are at heightened risk of developing a serious and more deadly form of the disease. COVID-19 has disrupted access to care, essential complications screening, and diagnosis, potentially leading to severe complications over the longer term. The burden associated with the lockdown measures imposed in many countries has constrained people’s ability to exercise and/or eat healthily and caused psychological distress.
IDF Europe’s COVID-19 activities aim to:
- Support PwD through resources, information exchange, and advocacy work during and after the crisis.
- Share the learnings and experiences from the crisis to promote stronger healthcare systems for a lasting systemic change in diabetes care and improve the preparedness of healthcare systems and the diabetes community to counteract future health emergencies.
- Ensure that diabetes remains a high priority for policymakers and health professionals in the response and recovery phase and over the long term.