science 15.2.2019 13:35

International hypertension and diabetes project launched

Ljubljana, 15 February - An international project on the treatment of hypertension and type 2 diabetes patients is being launched in Slovenia, as part of which the Community Health Centre Ljubljana will be one of the five partners which also come from Belgium, the Netherlands and Cambodia.

The four-year Scale-up Diabetes and Hypertension Care (SCUBY) project will be carried out as part of the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme funded by the European Commission.

According to the participants, the project enables learning from cases of best practice and looking for new solutions, with comparisons between the countries and mutual learning being a guideline.

The project will help stakeholders in the healthcare system "introduce best practices and improve the standard healthcare service for these patients", the Community Health Centre Ljubljana said.

The core of the project is to increase the scope of integrated treatment that has five components - identification of persons with hypertension and/or type 2 diabetes, primary care, healthcare education, support for patients and carers in self-control and cooperation between carers.

Special attention is paid to vulnerable groups of patients and inclusion of their carers, while the project also looks to expand and boost control of type 2 diabetes and hypertension in all countries.

The project also features the National Institute of Public Health of Cambodia, the University of Antwerp and its Institute of Tropical Medicine and the University Medical Centre Utrecht.