Dr Małgorzata Gałązka – Sobotka
This initiative is definitely noteworthy, given the awareness of the threat facing Polish society in connection with the increased risk of diabetes in the next two decades. Undoubtedly, as part of the CCD Program, we must thoroughly examine the problem at the level of the largest agglomerations and selected social groups to propose long-term and effective solutions in the form of health interventions tailored to the specificity of Poland.

Dr Małgorzata Gałązka – Sobotka
PhD in Economics, dean of the Center for Postgraduate Studies and Director of the Institute of Healthcare Management at the Lazarski University - academic think-tank dealing with research and analysis in healthcare sector; Director of Center of Value Based Healthcre; Vice Chairman of the Board of the National Health Fund (NFZ).

I am convinced that the CCD Program is able to succeed in Poland. From the point of view of the leader of patient organizations, citizens of our country need more awareness and education about the risks and causes of diabetes. Creating the right and practical solutions, developed under the CCD Program in Warsaw, will be a benchmark for other large urban agglomerations and will allow a change in the way of thinking about lifestyle and nutrition. The CCD Scientific Council is made of systemic experts, clinicians and patients, and our main task is to stop the growth of diabetes in the capital of Poland.

Beata Ambroziewicz
President of the Board of the Polish Union of Patients’ Organizations “Citizens for Health”, Board Member of European Cancer Patient Coalition, Leader of Coalition Heart for Cardiology & Heart for Diabetes 

Beata Ambroziewicz

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Two hours and 49 minutes - that’s the average amount of Warsaw residents spend a day traveling, in a car, public transport or walking


There are 535 kilometers of bicycle paths and lanes in Warsaw, and is first among the largest agglomerations in Poland


The City of Warsaw hosted the 19th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – COP19, which for the first time included a Cities Day in the official agenda.

The diabetes challenge in the Warsaw

The health of Varsovians was first analyzed on a large scale in 2004. In Warsaw, as in Poland more generally, the number of people with type 2 diabetes has been increasing significantly. One of the main challenges that arises is the fact that many individuals have very limited knowledge about the disease, and therefore cannot identify it because of the lack of early symptoms. In Warsaw, between 20 to 30% of children are overweight and present therefore a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes in their adulthood. As a result, education has been identified as an area of focus to reduce incidence. This includes weight loss programs, teaching better eating habits, and encouraging healthier, more active lifestyles. Educational activities should be undertaken at an early age, as obesity has noticeably increased amongst preschoolers in Poland.


Warsaw is a city full of energy and busy people. Residents live there under the added pressure of social and cultural factors that lead to unhealthy lifestyles. The CCD program in Warsaw will promote actions and interventions to create a healthier urban environment for its citizens as well as generate knowledge and education to support these actions. Members of the CCD Warsaw Scientific Council have signed a ‘Partnership for Healthy Cities’. This document defines the key areas of the city’s activities targeted to improve the living conditions of its residents. This includes specific priority activities focusing on the promotion of international experiences and solutions found across public-private partnerships in urban environments.

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