Our Response to COVID-19

Last update: 02/10/2020

Learning from COVID-19 for more resilient health systems and improved care

COVID-19 has had a major negative impact on people living with diabetes. They are at heightened risk of developing a serious form of the disease and/or dying from it. 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 priorities:

  • Support people living with Diabetes 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.


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