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
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Budget in Euro
Overall: 1640110
ERDF Contribution: 1237540.5
IPA Contribution: 74800
ENI Contribution: 81753
Call number
Call 3
Innovative and socially responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Increase competences for business and social innovation

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
University Medical Center Maribor Lead partner Slovenia
Municipality of Maribor ERDF partner Slovenia
Medical University of Graz ERDF partner Austria
Children's Hospital Zagreb ERDF partner Croatia
General University Hospital in Prague ERDF partner Czech Republic
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Project News

    - 22-01-2022

    On January 22, 2022 members of the CD SKILLS consortium attended the ESPGHAN Coeliac Disease Special Interest Group (CD SIG). 50 members from different European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition attended the...

  • CD SKILLS - Project promotional materials bringing joy during the holiday season
    - 18-01-2022
    Project promotional materials bringing joy during the holiday season

    The holiday season has finished…and we wanted to share with you how much joy we brought to CeliVita followers participating in a “The most imaginative Christmas table” holiday giving, with our CD SKILLS promotional materials. We use every...

  • CD SKILLS - Marry Christmas and a Happy New Year
    - 27-12-2021
    Marry Christmas and a Happy New Year

    During this season, we take time to reflect upon the good things we have… like our partnership with you. We appreciate working with you and hope that the holidays and the coming year will bring you happiness and success.”

    - 21-12-2021

    Wellcome to our second newsletter. You can expect information about various activities performed by CD SKILLS partnership. We hope you will enjoy them. We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. 2nd CD SKILLS...

  • CD SKILLS - Moldavian Celiac disease patient registry
    - 21-12-2021
    Moldavian Celiac disease patient registry

    Within the CD SKILLS project, the unique Registry of patients with celiac disease is being developed in electronic format and structured based on a software purchased by the project. Data about patients with celiac disease is based on the...

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