New appointment by Minstry of Health in Slovakia for national advocate Ms. Hana Vrabcova

by | Nov 12, 2020 | Blog, European News, News

In Slovakia, 25% of the adult population (over 1 million people) are living with obesity and more than 1/3 of the population is overweight. 5% of children are affected by obesity, 12% are overweight.

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Slovakia is a land locked country sat in the east of Europe and is bordered by Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east, Hungary to the south, Austria to the southwest, and the Czech Republic to the northwest. Slovakia’s territory is mostly mountainous, The population is over 5.4 million and consists mostly of ethnic Slovaks.

The capital and largest city is Bratislava, and our Slovak representative and strong advocate Hana Vrabcova is native of the capital city.

Considering the growing concerns of obesity in Slovakia, we are proud and have the pleasure to share the latest development from Hana Vrabcova, on her recent appointment from the Minster of Health of the Slovak Republic, Marek Krajčí, who has also been a pediatric cardiologist for over 20 years.

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Hana has been appointed the position of a member of the support working group entitled ‘Prevention of endocrinological and metabolic diseases’ for Slovakia. Hana continues to be a strong and passionate patient advocate, working daily as a Pharmacist supporting patients, whilst engaging actively on a European level on campaigns and changing the narrative on obesity.

Hana engaged with us to share her thoughts on this latest important appointment…

‘It is necessary to prepare methodological proposals and guidelines for the prevention and treatment of obesity at all levels of health care, which are lacking in our country for adults, and the recognition that obesity is a chronic disease.

We also need to provide training for health care professionals in the prevention and treatment of obesity, including ordinary citizens and children. This appointment is a wonderful birthday present to me and I look forward to this challenge.‘

You can read more on Hana’s own blog here.

Thank you Hana, we are honoured to work with you and wish you continued success.