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Parliamentary questions
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16 November 2016
Question for written answer E-008600-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu (S&D)

 Subject:  Diabetes
 Answer in writing 

The number of those diagnosed as suffering from diabetes is constantly increasing. According to the latest data published by the International Diabetes Federation, a total of 386 million people worldwide were suffering from the disease in 2014 and their number is on the increase, particularly in less developed and developing countries.

The World Health Organisation therefore intends to devote the next World Health Day to the battle against measures to combat diabetes, as well as awareness-raising and public information concerning the disease and the consequences thereof. It will also seek to decide on an effective line of action for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diabetes sufferers.

In addition, the World Health Organisation wishes to produce the first comprehensive report on diabetes giving a clear overview of the problem, underlining the need for more effective health systems and better prevention and control procedures for the proper management of diabetes mellitus.

In view of this:

What is the Commission’s plan of action for cooperation with the Member States in raising public awareness of the long-term health effects of diabetes?
What plans does it have to improve medical research in the field with a view to finding new cures?

Original language of question: RO 
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