“CVD is silent. People must be educated and talk to their doctors.”
This is one of the key messages that Stela Prgomelja, an international health advocate and person living with CVD and diabetes, brought to the WHA side event Joining forces to fight CVD in people with diabetes: pathways to solutions.
Alongside calls for increased education and awareness, the panellists discussed the social determinants of health, the taxation of unhealthy products and the role of healthcare professionals and global institutions such as the World Health Organization. They also addressed the need to build an enabling environment for people living with CVD, diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Co-hosted by the World Heart Federation (WHF) and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) on the margins of the 72nd World Health Assembly, the event brought together high-level policymakers, scientists, healthcare professionals and inspiring health advocates to discuss strategies to prevent and fight cardiovascular disease in people with diabetes. Click here to watch the recording of the event.