The seven rights of diabetics

by Roberta Lunghini - 2015.04.15

According to the authors of a manifesto presented at Italy's Chamber of Deputies, people with diabetes have seven fundamental rights, as follows:
1. Affirming that diabetes doesn't stop them from successfully pursuing personal goals, including family, work, sports, and social;
2. To raise public awareness in schools, at work, in sports, in health facilities and in society in general;
3. To support the person with diabetes and their families in overcoming obstacles, prejudices and mistrust through the use of information tools, training, educational and social empowerment and with the active assistance of institutions, the social health system, scientific institutions and voluntary associations;
4. Guaranteeing people with diabetes uniformity of access to health care throughout the country;
5. Educating health workers, teachers and sports instructors as well as work colleagues on how to prevent, recognise and deal with any situations that require emergency action;
6. Promoting the guarantee of early diagnosis of glucose intolerance and diabetes mellitus for all those at risk in all Italian regions;
7. Establishing a 'table' to facilitate the interaction and exchange between different parties and systems, through which to direct the various requests and demands in all Italian regions.

The initiative is promoted by the Diabete Italia, a committee for the Rights of People with Diabetes and the Italian Barometer Diabetes Observatory Foundation (IBDO). Compared to the first edition in 2009, the new manifesto for diabetics includes some important changes, including the introduction of two new sections: 'Diabetes in the frail elderly' and 'Territory and diabetes', as well as the 11 in the original document.

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