In 2020 Berlin Marzahn-Hellersdorf became the first German city to join the Cities Changing Diabetes partner network. More discussions have since taken place with cities across the country about the potential to join. Progress has been encouraging with the city of Mainz, home to around 280,000 people, and I am pleased to report an initial study has now been completed. 

The study focused on inner-city differences in diabetes prevalence and care and was led by a top scientist in the field of health economics, Prof. Dr. Günter Neubauer and his team. The data was evaluated in cooperation with the largest German health insurance companies operating in Mainz.

The results from Mainz are now in and provide the optimal starting point for planning the first interventions with the health department so that the target groups can be successfully reached. We look forward to more news from Germany in due course!