Background

WHY
Many countries struggle to find the best way to treat hypertension and type 2 diabetes, therefore many patients receive suboptimal care, especially vulnerable groups in society. SCUBY is unique as it allows to learn from best practices: comparing and reciprocal learning will lead to roadmaps that will help policymakers in deploying best practices and improving standard care for these health conditions.

WHAT
In the core of this four-year project is the scale-up of an integrated care package with five components: (a) identification of people with hypertension and/or type 2 diabetes and subsequent (b) treatment in primary care services, © health education and (d) self-management support to patients and caregivers, and (e) collaboration between caregivers. Special attention is given to vulnerable patients and their carers’ involvement. We aim for strong scale-up and increased diabetes and hypertension control in each country.

HOW
We engage with key decision-makers at all levels, to identify opportunities and barriers to implement best practices at larger scale, and to support implementation relevant to the context of each country. We will evaluate how these care packages impact outcomes and efficiency of the scale-up in each involved country. The lessons on scale-up will benefit policy-makers in other countries with similar contexts.

WHO
Five research groups study three different types of countries: a low-middle income country with developing health system (Cambodia), a former socialist high-income country with a centralized health system (Slovenia) and a Western European federal country with decentralized primary care system (Belgium).

Programme Team

  • Josefien van Olmen PRINS LEOPOLD INSTITUUT VOOR TROPISCHE GENEESKUNDE Belgium
  • Daniel Boateng University Medical Center Utrecht The Netherlands
  • Ir Por National Institute of Public Health Cambodia
  • Irena Makivić Ljubljana Medical School Slovenia
  • Josefien Van Olmen Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp Belgium
  • Katrien Danhieux University of Antwerp Belgium
  • kerstin klipstein-grobusch University Medical Center Utrecht The Netherlands
  • Kristien Van Aerde Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp Belgium
  • Kunthea Yem Cambodia
  • Monika Martens Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp Belgium
  • Natasa Stojnic Ljubljana Medical School Slovenia
  • Polona Szilvassy Ljubljana Medical School Slovenia
  • Roy Remmen University of Antwerp Belgium
  • Chham Savina Cambodia
  • Tanja Stjepanovič The Prava Poteza Institute PPI Slovenia
  • Antonija Poplas Tonkia Zdravstveni dom Ljubljana – Center Slovenia
  • Rupel Prevolnik Valentina Institute for Economic Research, Kardeljeva Slovenia
  • Valérie Dossogne Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp Belgium
  • Te Vannarath KU Leuven Belgium
  • Buffel Veerle KU Leuven Belgium
  • Willem Van de Put Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp Belgium
  • Edwin Wouters University of Antwerp Belgium
  • Wim Van Damme Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp Belgium
  • Zalika Klemenc Ketis Zdravstveni dom Ljubljana – Center Slovenia

Funding organisations

  • DiabetesHypertensionScale Up SU03
  • Belgium, Cambodia, Slovenia
  • 2019 – 2023

Programme contact
Josefien van Olmen
info@scuby.eu