Mobilising for diabetes

One of IDF Europe's main activities is policy and advocacy at the regional and national level. 

At regional level, the main targets of IDF Europe are the EU Institutions (European Parliament and European Commission), the Council of Europe and the World Health Organization European Region. 

At national level, the Federation acts as a bridge for its Members by informing them on the latest policy developments Europe-wide. This way, national members can perform their policy and advocay activities at national level, using regional activities as a reference. 

World Diabetes Day 2022

Since its launch, when the 14th November was declared World Diabetes Day by the United Nations, the global diabetes community has gathered together to celebrate a day dedicated to building awareness of managing and caring for diabetes and lowering the risks of developing T2D and diabetes-related complications.

World Diabetes Day 2021-23’s campaign theme is Access to Diabetes Care. In 2022, the day focuses on the need for better access to quality diabetes education for healthcare professionals and PwD.

As part of our efforts to raise awareness of the urgent need for action and to mobilise political support for a new European Parliament Diabetes Resolution, around World Diabetes Day 2022, we held a series of events alongside key diabetes stakeholders, focusing on all aspects of diabetes prevention and management, including the importance of diabetes education for PwD and HCPs:

  • European Parliament Lunch Debate: “Towards a new Diabetes Resolution: The Time to Act is Now!” – October 12 (Read more here)
  • Online joint event IDF Europe - #dedoc – November 14 (watch the recording of the event here)
  • European Parliament Breakfast Symposium on World Diabetes Day: "Improving diabetes care for more resilient healthcare systems" – November 15 (Read more here)
  • Exhibition at the European Parliament in Strasbourg: “Centenary of the Discovery of Insulin” - November 21-24 (visit the virtual exhibition here)

Video message from the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola

To help us raise awareness of the urgent need for action, on the occasion of WDD, the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, and several members of the MMD group as well as people living with diabetes, shared their messages calling for political support for a new Diabetes Resolution to improve the quality of life and health outcomes of the 32 million people in the EU living with diabetes.


We warmly thank President Metsola and all MEPs who showed their commitment to supporting people living with diabetes in Europe.

Click here to watch the videos from MEPs and people living with diabetes on the occasion of World Diabetes Day 2022.

On November 23, the European Parliament adopted a landmark diabetes resolution

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Read more about the adoption of a new Diabetes Resolution here.

We thank our partners, Air Liquide, Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly Diabetes for their support to IDF Europe World Diabetes Day events and to our call for a new European Parliament Diabetes Resolution.

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World Diabetes Day 2021

Every year, World Diabetes Day (WDD) is a great occasion to raise awareness of the escalating health threat posed by diabetes at the European, national, and local level.

In 2021, the year of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin, the theme is access to diabetes care. To inform policymakers, raise awareness and promote impactful actions, IDF Europe engaged in several activities.

#dedoc° - IDF Europe event

For the first time, and in collaboration with IDF Europe, #dedoc° hosted an international #docday on World Diabetes Day 2021. Moderated by #dedoc° founder Bastian Hauck, the event was officially opened by Niti Pall, IDF Europe Chair, who spoke on the importance of this special day, which commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of insulin by Dr. Frederik Banting. WDD #docday° then held a virtual tour of Europe, during which #dedoc voices and IDF Europe's Young Advocates talked about their celebration of World Diabetes Day in this special year.

The event demonstrated the untiring dynamism and commitment of the diabetes community to raise awareness of the condition and promoted equitable and sustainable access to diabetes care.

Download the report of the event here.








Innovative financing for sustainable access to quality diabetes care in Central and Eastern Europe - How far are we from Universal Health Coverage?

18 November 2021 – 12.00 – 13.15 CET 

The webinar titled "Innovative financing for sustainable access to quality diabetes care in Central and Eastern Europe - How far are we from Universal Health Coverage?" focused on the access situation in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and looked at innovative financing mechanisms/strategies that could be put in place to ensure that the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Targets 3.4 and 3.8 can be achieved. During the webinar, speakers explored the key strategies supporting improved availability and affordability of core diabetes interventions and services including budget prioritisation, re-design of healthcare systems and review of procurement systems, with specific examples from Romania, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. IDF Europe Chair-elect, Professor Nebojsa Lalic underlined that to achieve universal health coverage and improve health outcomes for all PwD, it is time to rethink how care is financed and implement innovative strategies. Other speakers also identified some common challenges and needs across the region and how mobilising private capital through a blended finance ecosystem has the potential to improve care delivery, reduce out-of-pocket expenses and catalyse cost-effective prevention.

Professor Lalic closed the webinar on a call for action to improve access to quality diabetes care, highlighting the following priorities:
    - Prevention has shown to be effective at reducing the risk or delaying the onset of Type 2 diabetes and diabetes-related complications; is cost-effective and should be prioritised in healthcare systems;
    - Healthcare systems should be re-designed, with a focus on investment in primary care;
    - New financing mechanisms should be introduced to decrease out-of-pocket expenses, ensure equitable and affordable access to quality care for PwD and increase investments in innovations;
    - More transparency and improved country competence are required to improve procurement systems and;
    - PwD should be adequately represented in co-designing healthcare systems and should also be involved in Health Technology Assessment processes.


You can download the list of the speakers and their short bios here.

Download the report in English here.

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Download the report in Russian here.

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How are digital technologies and AI improving access to diabetes care?

IDF Europe World Diabetes Day Symposium
Hosted by MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen, MMD Co-Chair and MEP Marisa Matias
16 November 2021 – 12.00 – 13.15 CET 

The webinar titled "How are digital technologies and AI improving access to diabetes care?" focused on the role of digital technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in improving access to diabetes care. The meeting was co-hosted by MEP Sirpa Pietinäinen, MMD co-chair, and by MEP Marisa Matias. During the webinar, speakers explored the potential of digital technologies and AI in transforming traditional healthcare systems into personalised patient-centric systems as well as the challenges posed by these technologies and the way to overcome them. The webinar’s speakers represented three distinct perspectives. Jaivir Pall, a Type 1 Diabetes advocate and digital health entrepreneur spoke from the perspective of people living with diabetes and focused his talk on the role of technologies in diabetes self management. The healthcare professional’s perspective was provided by Sufyan Hussain from King's College London, who gave examples of the role of AI in clinical decision making. Lastly, Luke Slawomirski, an E-health specialist and consultant for the OECD, provided the perspective of decision makers, and addressed the potential of AI in population health management.

The following priorities were highlighted by IDF Europe Chair-elect, Professor Nebojsa Lalic during the webinar:
   - Create interoperable data sharing and patient-centred systems to improve the life of PwD and people living with other NCDs.
   - Set up a data governance framework that respects people’s security and privacy rules while ensuring data quality standards.
   - Healthcare professionals (HCPs) to educate, train and guide people on the use of these technologies to improve their digital/health literacy and foster trust.
   - Act quickly and in a coordinated way to make these digital technologies accessible to everyone.


You can download the list of the speakers and their short bios here.

• Bastian Hauck, IDF Europe Board Member
• Sufyan Hussain, King’s College, UK - download the presentation
• MEP Marisa Matias, European Parliament
• Jaivir Pall, Type 1 Diabetes Advocate
• Niti Pall, Chair, IDF Europe
• MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen, European Parliament
• Luke Slawomirski, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - download the presentation

Download the report here.

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WDD campaigns

Each year, IDF and IDF Europe develops different campaign messages focusing on diabetes education and prevention as part of their World Diabetes Day campaigns

If you would like to have more information on IDF Europe previous campaigning activities for World Diabetes Day, contact

IDF also supports all its member associations worldwide on World Diabetes Day. Click here to discover IDF World Diabetes Day campaign initiatives worldwide. 

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