Interview with Professor Thomas Danne

 

Professor Thomas Danne, Chairman of the SWEET project, answered questions from Maartje de Wit, an ISPAD Past-Advisory Council member, about what makes SWEET significant and his plans for the future of the project.

 

Maartje de Wit:    If you were to sum up the most important characteristics of SWEET’s work in one sentence, what would they be?

 

Prof. Thomas Danne: The mission of SWEET is to reduce inequalities in access to and quality of pediatric diabetes care worldwide.

 

MdeW: Who, or what, inspired the creation of SWEET?

 

TD: During my time as president of ISPAD it became apparent that we need transparent, real world data in pediatric diabetes to promote change for better outcomes on a local, national and international level.

 

MdeW: What role did / does ISPAD play in this?

 

TD: ISPAD is based on the three pillars of advocacy, education and science which are a prerequisite for improving outcomes. The networking through ISPAD allowed the creation of the public-private partnership underlying the non-profit organisation governing SWEET. The ISPAD leadership has a formal seat in the executive board of SWEET. Thus, SWEET would not have been possible without ISPAD.

 

MdeW: What are SWEET’s plans for the future?

 

TD: We have now 72 centers in Europe, North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia participating in SWEET. Besides a sustainable growth of SWEET we also seek collaboration with similar initiatives for a Global Exchange of Quality Initiatives for Diabetic Youth (GEQIDY).

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