The 5th International DAWN Summit

The 5th International DAWN Summit

The 5th International DAWN Summit 2014 took place on 7-8 April 2014 in Netherlands. Under the heading of “Acting together to make person-centred diabetes care a reality”, the 5th International DAWN Summit brought together more than 250 leading experts, policy makers, researchers, clinicians, patient advocates, people with diabetes, family members from more than 30 countries to discuss policies, strategies, tools and best practices needed to enable partnership action to achieve this goal.


The aim of the Summit was to stimulate concrete new actions that will make a real difference to the lives of people with diabetes, with person-centred care becoming a reality by:

  • Defining strategies required to advance access to person-centred diabetes care world-wide, focusing on the practical steps that can be taken in each country to enable broad collaboration with people with diabetes at the centre
  • Facilitating better practice sharing among national and regional DAWN2 working groups and organisations involved in person-centred diabetes care
  • Defining concrete targets and indicators for measuring progress over time at national and global level, taking the DAWN2 study global results and research framework as a starting point

Outcomes and follow up:

During the two-day summit, participants focused on defining actionable strategies to advance access to person-centred diabetes care – which goes beyond the delivery of care by healthcare professionals to encompass employers and society at large – concentrating on the practical steps that each country must take and outlining targets and indicators for measuring progress over time at national and global levels.

Working together across all stakeholder groups, some of the key priorities were:

  • Strengthen the voice of people with diabetes and their families locally and globally
  • Build and nurture trusting relationships and communication among all stakeholder groups, including people with diabetes to drive positive change
  • Ensure availability of whole-person centred and participatory self-management education for people with diabetes as well as their families
  • Enact the rights of people with diabetes and their families to have a supportive and non-discriminatory environment

Scientific outcomes of the 5th International DAWN™ Summit will be published by the summit partner organisations in the following months.

Please click the link to see the multimedia news release including video.

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