Portugal is currently starting the second COVID-19 vaccination phase. The Portuguese Diabetes Association (APDP) estimates that, by the end of May, all people with diabetes above 16, type 1 or type 2, will have received the first shot of the vaccine.
It comes as no surprise that the current pandemic has exacerbated already existing inequalities and has disproportionately affected the most vulnerable segments of our population. For instance, multiple scientific studies make a link between diabetes and a considerably more severe variety of COVID-19 as well as increased morbidity and mortality of people living with diabetes (PwD). However, while treating the virus, the round-the-clock management of diabetes should not be forgotten.
To celebrate World Diabetes Day, during the month of November FAND organised various events in Italy. FAND held several webinars and seminars, most of them focused on the management of diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
From September 11 to 18, the French Diabetes Federation (FFD) will organise the 9th edition of the National Diabetes Prevention Week. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the week, traditionally organised in June, was postponed to the start of the new school year.
This project consisted of a six-stage mini-tour for 14 non-professional cyclists with Type 1 Diabetes from different regions in Italy, starting from Tivoli on September 6 and ending at Castelnuovo del Garda on September 11, with a final stage running along lake Garda. The total distance exceeded 700 Km with over 2000-metre drops along the route. ANIAD diabetologists, Gerado Corigliano and Felice Strollo assisted the athletes by providing expert advice, both during the tour and during the evening debriefing sessions.
The Slovenian Diabetes Association (SLODA) launched its World Diabetes Day campaign on November 9, with a national celebration in Škofja Loka, which also marked the 30th anniversary of Škofja Loka’s local diabetes association.
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.
The Association of Endocrinologists of Kazakhstan held a conference on November 14, 2019, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, focused on "Modern approaches to the treatment of type 2 diabetes in the light of the ADA-EASD and the Kazakh Consensus", in which 32 doctors participated.
To mark World Diabetes Day, the Faroese Diabetes Association organised a meeting about type 2 diabetes and the latest forms of treatment, which was presented by a specialist doctor from the outpatient clinic at the national hospital. This highly interactive meeting, with many exchanges, questions, and answers, was held in a pleasant setting at a boat-museum and attended by about 50 people.