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Webinar and release of the ‘Blueprint for Action on Diabetes in the European Union by 2030’

 

By Elisabeth Dupont, IDF Europe

Diabetes is a complex and multi-faceted condition that affects all genders, all generations, all socio-economic groups, in rural and urban areas in Europe and around the globe. In Europe, one in eleven adults live with diabetes and no population group is immune to it. In addition to causing major suffering, diabetes also carries a huge economic burden for societies. It accounted for an estimated 9% of total health expenditure in the European Union (EU) in 2019.

How can we place people living with diabetes at the heart of European health policies and ensure a person-centred approach? What can we do to flatten the diabetes curve, improve the lives of people living with diabetes in the EU and reduce health inequalities as well as the societal and financial burden for all?

To answer these and other questions, the MEP Interest Group on Diabetes, MEPs Mobilising for Diabetes (MMD), held a webinar to launch the ‘Blueprint for Action on Diabetes in the European Union by 2030’. The Blueprint aims to become a critical tool for everyone who is committed to improving the policy response to the growing burden of diabetes in Europe.

The virtual event gathered a variety of diabetes stakeholders and policymakers from the European Parliament, the European Commission and WHO Europe, all ready to tackle the diabetes challenge in the EU in time to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

Please find here additional information from the webinar, including the recording of the webinar, video testimonials from people living with diabetes, and a video message from Portugal’s Minister of Health, Dr. Marta Temido.

Please find the webinar report here

Please find the report ‘Blueprint for Action on Diabetes in the European Union by 2030’ here.