The Slovakian Diabetes Society (Slovenská diabetologická spoločnosť – SDS) is a voluntary civil association of health care professionals with missions in the field of diabetes established in 1968 by prof. MUDr. Rudolf Korec, DrSc. They are a collective member of the Slovak Medical Association and a full member of the International Diabetes Federation since 3 May 1993.
To secure funding, political support and the establishment of a new version of the National Diabetes Programme of the Slovak Republic, continue specialization in the diabetology field, metabolic disorders and nutrition, prepare consensuses, publications, professional journals and recommendations on screening, optimal control and diabetes treatments as well as acute and chronic complications.
To inform on and protect the rights and responsibilities of people with diabetes and healthcare professionals.
To improve the education of people with diabetes, family members, healthcare professionals and groups at risk.
To promote modern diabetology, the prevention of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity as well as acute, chronic, economic, social and societal complications.
The main activities of SDS are:
• the blue circle, briefings, broadcasts, contributions, the Global Diabetes Walk, media conferences, screenings for World Diabetes Day (from 1991) • the National Diabetes Days with international participation (from 1991) • the Summer School of Diabetology for diabetological nurses, dietitian nurses, home-nursing agencies and diabetes educators (from 2000) • the Slovak Obesitology Days (from 2003) • the Scientific Conference dedicated to the memory of the founder of the Slovakian Diabetes Society Emeritus Professor Rudolf Korec in Topoľčianky (from 2004) • Special education and screening programmes for people with diabetes and the general public (from 1991)
Publications & Newsletters
• Diabetes and Obesity Chief Editor: assoc. prof. MUDr. Zbynek Schroner • Diabetik Chief Editor: Mgr. Janka Pappová-Kumičíková: www.dia.sk • Forum Diabetologicum Chief Editor: prof. MUDr. Marián Mokáň, DrSc., FRCP Edin: www.forumdiabetologicum.sk
Message from the President
Dr Katarína Rašlová "As a member of the IDF, we prefer cooperation, early diagnosis, intensive treatment and adequate healthcare with the permanent implementation of evidence-based medicine practice, cost-effective strategies, making effective and safe treatments available to a large number of people with diabetes, better care coordination, treatment standardization, and the introduction of indicators of quality of care and other tools. These are the potential trends of modern Slovak diabetology."