ISPAD Prize for Innovation in Pediatric Diabetes Care

SWEET e.V has won the ISPAD Prize for Innovation in Pediatric Diabetes Care 2016





SWEET’ is an acronym derived from ‘Better control in Pediatric and Adolescent diabeteS: Working to crEate CEnTers of Reference’. Initiated with support of the EU Public Health Programme in 2008, the SWEET project aimed to improve secondary prevention, diagnosis and control of type 1 (T1DM), type 2 (T2DM) diabetes and rare forms of diabetes in children and adolescents by supporting the development of centers of reference (CORs) for pediatric and adolescent diabetes services across the EU. And that is exactly what the SWEET-project achieved over the three-year course under EU-funding (2008-2011). However, the end of the SWEET-project in March 2011 has not been the final chapter of the SWEET story. Through the legal entity, SWEET e.V., the network has become a registered charity The SWEET group has over 7 years of experience in creating and sustaining a high quality professional network based on agreed standards of care, criteria for certification, international guidelines and quality control. The main aim of SWEET is to create a network of peer-reviewed certified Centers of Reference where high-quality and age appropriate diabetes care and education is provided through a multidisciplinary approach, making specialized care and education available for all. Having the vision of equal quality care for all children with diabetes, the mission of SWEET is to harmonize care to optimize outcomes of children with diabetes worldwide. SWEET ( is a registered charity and an established public private partnership in close collaboration with the scientific society ISPAD. While originally focusing on the European region, SWEET is currently expanding and has received increasingly global attention, with centers across different continents including Asia, Africa, North and South-America. In many regions, shortcomings in diabetes management still occur and there remains much more work to be done. Today, the network is more alive than ever; it will soon reach the number of 50 certified centers and has a database with over 30.000 patients. In addition, SWEET has been put forward as a best-practice model in several countries. Therefore the main focus of SWEET continues to be the increase of accessibility to specialized multidisciplinary diabetes care and education. Over the next years, SWEET hopes to expand the implementation of reference centers so that many more patients and healthcare professionals have access to innovative diabetes care and information. A close collaboration between SWEET centers is therefore indispensable to overcome the many challenges in the field of pediatric diabetes care.

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