Since its launch, when the 14th of November was declared World Diabetes Day (WDD) by the United Nations (UN), the global diabetes community has gathered together to celebrate a day dedicated to building awareness around the management and care of diabetes as well as risk reduction approaches for diabetes complications and Type 2 Diabetes.
The celebration of WDD is one of IDF Europe’s key activities. For the past three years, IDF Europe has extended its awareness-raising campaign to cover not just WDD itself, but the full month of November for increased awareness of the need for urgent action on diabetes.
Emphasising the needs of people living with diabetes in the European region among policymakers is essential if we are to ensure that diabetes is recognised as a priority and adequate measures put in place to stem the epidemic and improve diabetes care and management.
As in previous years, IDF Europe again plans to organise an event, with the support of key MEPs actively engaged in diabetes advocacy within the EP and in collaboration with the German organisation, Verband der Diabetes-Beratungs- und Schulungsberufe (VDBD) and Foundation of European Nurses in Diabetes (FEND). The theme of this year’s event, which will take place either at the European Parliament or virtually, subject to COVID-19, is “How to build a better future for diabetes nurses in Europe”.
The event will feature two case studies about the situation of diabetes nurses/educators to exemplify common goals versus specific demands and will also showcase the results of IDF Europe and FEND surveys into the lessons learned from COVID-19. More information will follow in September.