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SCUBY Colloquium, 25th May 2023 in Antwerp!

Updated: May 23, 2023

Dissemination of results from the scaling up of integrated care package for diabetes and hypertension (SCUBY) project

Practical information

All sessions will be live-streamed. Q&A will be possible over chat and/or live interventions. Participation is free, but registration is obligatory. Registrations for the face to face at University of Antwerp are limited to 100 participants.


A considerable number of low- and middle-income countries do not offer an essential (integrated care) package to screen and treat hypertension and type 2 diabetes. In most high-income countries, vulnerable populations are also at increased risk of being excluded from the integrated care package. The four year SCUBY project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, examined the scale-up of a common integrated care package for hypertension and type 2 diabetes, integrating five components within a country’s healthcare system (the integrated care package): (a) identification of people with hypertension and/or type 2 diabetes and subsequent (b) treatment in primary care services, (c) health education and (d) self-management support to patients and caregivers, and (e) collaboration between caregivers. Special attention is given to vulnerable people and their carers’ involvement.

SCUBY was built through a unique collaboration between five partners. The project was carried-out in three countries that have very different health systems: 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). These countries have each designed distinct scale-up strategies (the roadmaps) for the integrated care package: Integration & increase of the population coverage in Cambodian, integration in Belgium, and expansion of the intervention package in Slovenia . Key decision-makers at all levels were involved to build the scale-up roadmaps and identify opportunities and barriers in the larger scale implementation of the integrated care package, based on the context of each country. This produced diverse lessons but also common learnings for all three countries.

The scale-up roadmaps were prepared and (are being) refined for each country (the roadmaps are considered to be “living” documents). The said roadmaps provide guidance on how countries can proceed on the path to scale-up the integrated care package

The four-year project SCUBY comes to an end in June 2023. The colloquium is a final dissemination opportunity among stakeholders and interested audience. In this dissemination event, we aim to share the main results of the SCUBY project and explore future actions. The colloquium will give the opportunity to discuss with key stakeholders from each country and from the global health community about the project results and their meaning for integrated care policies, health care organisations and people with chronic diseases.

A preliminary programme is here below:


Please register here by 19 May 2023 at the latest. Only the first 100 will be registered for the in-person at UA. All other participants will receive a Zoom link per mail to participate online.

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