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

This year 2018-2019, the WWD focuses on the theme “Family and Diabetes”. Over 425 million people are currently living with diabetes.

Most of these cases are type 2 diabetes, which is preventable through physical activity, a healthy diet and healthy living environments.

Families have a key role to play in addressing these modifiable risk factors and must be provided with the education, resources and environments to live a healthy lifestyle. Moreover, diabetes can be expensive and thus improving access to affordable diabetes medicines and care is urgent to avoid increased costs for the individual and family, which impact on health outcomes.

WDD is crucial for the highlight of high-level advocacy efforts towards Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). This year, the WWD coincided with the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg. In the regional office, we enjoyed the opportunity to raise our voice not only in Brussels but also in Strasbourg, through the organisation of simultaneous and parallel awareness raising activities.