On November 14, together with the Lisbon City Council, ADPD held a public information session in the form of a play to discuss the importance of the family in diabetes care, management, and prevention.
During the play “When the phone rings” performed by the APDP Theatre Group, the public was invited to replace one of the actors and help find a solution to the presented problem/situation.
Again with the Lisbon City Council, a night walk was organised on November 16. Departing from Jardim 9 de Abril, the more than 200 “Lisbon Viewpoint Night Walk” participants made a 5km tour through several viewpoints of Lisbon and arrived at Praça do Império, where they formed a human blue circle.
Other events organised in November included the 3rd APDP National Congress and 11th Diabetes Educators Congress, which took place on November 21-23 in Lisbon. This is a scientific event, the theme of which was “Portrait of the multiple sides of diabetes”.
Later in the month, Lisbon was officially celebrated as the 9th European City to join the international “Cities Changing Diabetes” programme, of which APDP is a partner. The initiative will focus on developing measures and activities to address the challenge of diabetes in the City of Lisbon.
In parallel to this, APDP runs an ongoing project “Diabetes in the Neighbourhood”. In three neighbourhoods of the parish of Penha de França, activities will be developed to screen and identify groups at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Educational sessions will also be held to promote health literacy and the empowerment of people living with diabetes and prediabetes, their families, and caregivers, among other community interventions.
On July 5-19, APDP organised a biographical exhibition “Ernesto Roma – Life and Work”, in the North Section of the College of Physicians, in Porto. Ernesto Roma, one of the greatest figures of Portuguese medicine in the 20th century, founded the first diabetes association in the world in Lisbon and was responsible for introducing the concept of therapeutic education in insulin treatment for people with diabetes in Portugal. The exhibition was conceived based on the doctor’s personal items, provided by Viana do Castelo City Council, as well as on existing documentation produced by APDP.
On August 4-9, ADPD organised its annual Summer Camp for young people with diabetes between 13 and 18 years of age. The camp took place in Quinta do Crestelo, Seia. The camp aims to help youth deal with feelings of isolation, frequently experienced in that age group, as well as foster the exchange of experiences, all in a fun environment.