CD SKILLS Improving celiac disease management in the Danube region by raising the awareness, improving the knowledge, and developing better skills

CD SKILLS project is addressing existing challenges of healthcare sector in Celiac disease (CD) management in the Danube region.
CD is a lifelong systemic reaction against gluten found in wheat, barley and rye. It can occur at any age, but usually starts in early childhood. Women are affected twice as common as men. Without a very strict exclusion diet, severe complications can develop. More than 1% of population (about 1.2 million) in the Danube region could have CD, with much larger population affected indirectly. It has an impact on families and friends, as well as on childcare institutions, food producers, catering service and especially on healthcare sector.
About 80% of patients are diagnosed with long delay or remain undiagnosed, increasing a risk of complications, resulting in high morbidity and mortality, low school performance and high work absenteeism. This has important negative impact on sustainability of healthcare sector and society. Possible reasons are low awareness and knowledge about the disease, limited access to diagnostic tools, limited opportunities for innovative learning and inefficient information exchange.
CD SKILLS aims to overcome these shortcomings to ensure sustainable public healthcare sector, which will efficiently meet health related and social needs of patients and general public affected by CD.


Assessment of regional gaps in CD management will be followed by introduction of innovative learning strategy combining traditional lectures and modern e-tools, development of efficient disease detection strategies, and by innovative pilot services. Multisector transnational network will enable knowledge exchange.
Project activities will raise the awareness, improve knowledge, skills and competences of all stakeholders involved in CD management, effectively improving the capacity of healthcare and social service in the Danube region.
Project capitalizes on projects CE Focus IN CD and SI-HU LQ-CELIAC.

Improving celiac disease management in the Danube region by raising the awareness, improving the knowledge, and developing better skills
Start date
01-07-2020
End date
31-12-2022
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1640110
ERDF Contribution: 1237540.5
IPA Contribution: 74800
ENI Contribution: 81753
Call number
Call 3
Priority
Innovative and socially responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Increase competences for business and social innovation

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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
University Medical Center Maribor Lead partner jernej.dolinsek@ukc-mb.si Slovenia
Municipality of Maribor ERDF partner jasmina.dolinsek@maribor.si Slovenia
Medical University of Graz ERDF partner almuthe.hauer@medunigraz.at Austria
Children's Hospital Zagreb ERDF partner zrinjka.misak@gmail.com Croatia
General University Hospital in Prague ERDF partner peter.szitanyi@vfn.cz Czech Republic
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Project News

  • CD SKILLS - Results of the survey on using telemedicine options for celiac disease regular check-ups in gastroenterologist office
    - 09-04-2021
    Results of the survey on using telemedicine options for celiac disease regular check-ups in gastroenterologist office

    Due to COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 many patients, including patients with celiac disease, faced difficulties in accessing health care professionals. Children’s Hospital Zagreb in cooperation with CeliVita – Living with celiac disease conducted...

  • CD SKILLS - Lecture at the Zagreb Health School
    - 18-03-2021
    Lecture at the Zagreb Health School

    Learning interactions with future healthcare professionals are one of the ways we can ensure better healthcare for CD patients in the future. This time CeliVita spent a very pleasant hour in The Zagreb Health School, with 4th grade students,...

  • CD SKILLS - Petra Rižnik successfully defended her doctoral thesis
    - 15-03-2021
    Petra Rižnik successfully defended her doctoral thesis

    On March 5th, 2021 Petra Rižnik, MD, from University Medical Centre Maribor has successfully defended her doctoral dissertation at the University of Maribor. In her work she was focusing on celiac disease management practices in five...

  • CD SKILLS - Ivana has been on a gluten-free diet for 15 years (Serbia)
    - 14-03-2021
    Ivana has been on a gluten-free diet for 15 years (Serbia)

    Ivana is 16 years old today. She has been on a gluten-free diet for 15 years, well, we can say since she remembers. It all started when she was a baby. It was winter, not so cold. She got the flu, but her recovery was very slow, unlike other...

  • CD SKILLS - Questionnaire for patients with celiac disease on using telemedicine options for regular check-ups in gastroenterologist office
    - 10-03-2021
    Questionnaire for patients with celiac disease on using telemedicine options for regular check-ups in gastroenterologist office

    Due to COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 many patients, including patients with celiac disease, faced difficulties in accessing health care professionals. Children’s Hospital Zagreb in cooperation with CeliVita – Living with celiac disease developed...

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