Slovenian Diabetes Association (SLODA) initiatives for World Diabetes Day

25 November 2020

Various activities were carried out on World Diabetes Day by Slovenian Diabetes Association (SLODA).

11th National conference of diabetes mastering 2020
The online conference organized by the Ministry of Health and the National Institute of Public Health was held on November 12th, 2020 and was attended by various experts with an active participation of the Slovenian Diabetes Association. The results of a survey on the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of people living with diabetes were presented by SLODA.

Activities on the radio and TV
Slovenian Diabetes Association representatives were invited to participate in talk show radio programmes and TV shows. Vice President Alojz Rudolf accepted the invitation and participated in the call-in programme of catholic Radio Ognjišče. Click here and here to know more.

He also participated in the news programme on national TV1. 

SLODA online conference on World Diabetes Day
An online discussion was organized by the Slovenian Diabetes Association, the Medical Chamber of Slovenia and IDF Europe on November 14th, 2020. The results of an IDF Europe survey, on how the COVID-19 crisis has affected people living with diabetes, their lifestyle and well-being, as well as their diabetes care were presented. Mr. Tadej Battelino, the Head of Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the Pediatric Clinic of Ljubljana, Mrs. Zdenka Čebašek Travnik, the President of Medical Chamber of Slovenia and Mrs. Danica Rotar Pavlič, the President of the Association of GPs and family physicians participated in the discussion. Click here to know more about the conference.

Professor Andrej Janež, PhD awarded The Apple of Inspiration
Professor Andrej Janež, PhD was awarded The Apple of Inspiration for his outstanding achievement in diabetes medical treatment by Mr. Borut Pahor, the President of the Republic of Slovenia.

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In his speech Mr. President pointed out: “your achievement is a proof that Slovenian science reaches the World’s science Olympus”. Click here to get more details about the event.

Educational videos for people with diabetes
The Slovenian Diabetes Association has made some educational videos. 

The video “From a diagnosis to diabetes mastering” can be found here.

This video presents the work of nurses from different clinics in Slovenia.

A video guide has been made to help maintain physical activityn and it is available here.

Monuments and buildings lit in blue in celebration of World Diabetes Day
The Slovenian Diabetes Association and its societies joined many countries across the globe in the initiative of illuminating monuments and buildings in blue. The blue colour is meant to raise awareness for diabetes and symbolizes World Diabetes Day. Last year there were 51 buildings, shopwindows and school classrooms lit in blue in Slovenia. This year’s response was even better. Over 80 buildings were lit in blue on the occasion of World Diabetes Day. The list of Slovenian buildings that were lit in blue is published on Slovenian Diabetes Association internet page.

NM2 knjiznica foto Vinko Križmančič






22nd annual traditional collaboration with amateur radio operators
The Slovenian Diabetes Association and Slovenian amateur radio operators celebrated World Diabetes Day together for the 22nd time. By transmitting S55T and S50G signals they tried to raise awareness for better life conditions for people living with diabetes and to increase public interest for their problems. S55T and S50G signals were transmitted on the amateur radio waves across the globe on Saturday, November 14th and Sunday, November 15th, 2020. Over 10.000 QSO contacts were collected. There is more time for amateur radio operators’ activities due to corona lockdown. The activities have been prolonged and will continue during the International High-Speed Telegraphy Championship which is held on the last weekend in November. In the past 21 years of our collaboration, our amateur radio operators collected over 120.000 contacts in most countries over the globe and transmitted many current SLODA AND IDF signals.

22nd annual primary and high school competition focusing on diabetes knowledge
Every year more and more young people join the school competition focusing on knowledge about diabetes, its complications and a healthy way of life. In addition to their schoolwork they want to gain and improve their knowledge on other subjects. The competition itself proved to be an excellent diabetes prevention activity, promoting a healthy way of life not only among young people. It has an outreach to their families, parents and grandparents as well. Prior to the competition there was an internet seminar on diabetes and healthy way of life for educators and teachers. There are two levels of the competition: an intra-school competition held in October and a national online competition held on November 21st, 2020.