It is dedicated to the associations for the protection of the rights of people with the disease.
Ensure full and equitable access to care for people with diabetes and take care of their needs as citizens in the places of life, work, study, community; these are the issues at the heart of the debate at the first Diabetes Patient Summit, which begins today. The two-day meeting, entitled “For people with people. Taking care of and taking care of the health of citizens ”, is organized by the Italian Barometer Diabetes Observatory Foundation (IBDO Foundation) and the Parliamentary Intergroup“ Obesity and Diabetes ”, in collaboration with Anci Comunicare and with the non-conditioning support of Novo Nordisk.
Worldwide, nearly half a billion people have diabetes and, according to estimates by the International Diabetes Federation, the prevalence will increase by more than 50 percent over the next quarter century, reaching 700 million people globally in 2045. In the 2019, diabetes was the fourth leading cause of disability, causing the direct or indirect death of 4.2 million people and spending $ 760 billion on the treatment and management of complications.
Alarming numbers, so much so that its spread has now become, together with that of other chronic non-communicable diseases, a global health priority and has become part of the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development for 2030.
“It is necessary to take coordinated and concerted actions to tackle diabetes as a critical global health problem, which, at a time like this, cannot ignore the Covid-19 emergency we are facing and which is compromising care for people with chronic diseases, such as diabetes and obesity, and has highlighted even more their fragility and vulnerability “, explains Massimo Massi Benedetti, President and Scientific Director of the Hub for International Health Research,” the data available have shown, in fact, that the diabetes represents one of the first risk factors for developing the most severe forms of the disease, which require hospitalization in intensive care and which have a worse prognosis. Poor control of the disease, on the one hand, increases the risk of complications related to the disease itself, on the other, it is responsible for a greater vulnerability to acute events such as Covid “.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has put issues concerning health, both collective and individual, as a common good at the center of public decisions and individual priorities. In this moment of revision of the health system it is necessary to streamline the bureaucratic procedures and make it homogeneous access to care throughout the country, eliminating existing disparities, to ensure that people with diabetes can receive the innovative treatments and treatments they need for optimal glycemic control “, says Senator Emanuela Baio, President of the Committee for the rights of the person with diabetes. “Despite being drawn up over 10 years ago, with some updates related to current events, the” Manifesto of the rights and duties of people with diabetes “is more relevant than ever and still represents one an essential instrument of dialogue with the institutions, to guide actions and establish priorities with patient associations, as carriers of these rights “. (Continued-2)