Healthy and active aging is one of the greatest social challenges in EU facing longer life expectancy. Early prevention of chronic diseases that have severe impact on general well-being of patients is extremely important if we want to reach this goal and ensure sustainable health care systems in CE. Lack of development and promotion of innovative quality health services, disease management models and education have a profound negative effect. To tackle this challenge, this project will demonstrate development and pilot testing of innovative health service model in management of celiac disease (CD), by using CANVAS business model, aiming at improving knowledge, management and organizational capacities.

CD is a model of a lifelong disease caused by ingestion of cereals. It affects 1-3% of population (up to 5 million in CE) of all ages. It is estimated that 80% of people having CD are un/misdiagnosed. Diagnostic delay remains 6-10 years. Undiagnosed/untreated CD leads to a number of severe (potentially preventable) complications: infertility, osteoporosis, neurological disorders, malignancies, etc., which have profound effect on quality of life. CE regions have different knowledge capacities and health care systems, which are insufficient and only partially address current problems. By transnational cooperation and analysis of differences in diagnostic approach, experts' knowledge and patient awareness and satisfaction and benchmarking of existing patient management models we will gain important data to develop e-learning tools for health care personnel and patients, to close the knowledge gap between stakeholders and to improve patient support. In each region an innovative pilot services will be tested, based on which a universal model will be designed including organizational improvements and implementation of best practices. This will enable us to develop a patient centered health care service, and thus ensure healthy and active aging of CD patients.


E-brochure for newly diagnosed patients (click for download)

Living with CD

How to set up a safe gluten-free kitchen?

To the health of patients with coeliac disease even the smallest mistakes and contamination of the gluten-free products can be harmful.
In order to ensure a safe, strict gluten-free diet it is important to buy gluten-free products, but also to store and prepare them properly to be able to produce a real gluten-free meal as a result. To help with tips and suggestions on how to prepare the kitchen surfaces and rearrange the articles in the kitchen, check the “Gluten- free Kitchen” video:

Project outputs

ICT application for doctors

E-learning tool for HealTh Care Practitioners

Policy recommendations

10 pilot projects


Assessment of Celiac Disease management practices


E-guidelines protocol of celiac disease treatment for health care professionals was designed by partnership to help health care professionals to improve diagnostic proces and management of celiac disease.

 This e-brochure was prepared building on available knowledge from bilateral SLO-HU LQ-CELIAC project.

Focus on Celiac Disease – patient centred celiac disease management

 Nuša 11 years and mom Simona: »The day, when our oldest daughter was diagnosed with coeliac disease was one of the happiest days for our family. The diagnosis “coeliac disease” was among the suspicions of doctors for the best and the least harmful disease. We were happy, that the marathon from one doctor to another had finished and that we finally identified what was wrong and how we can help our daughter«. 

 CE regions have different knowledge capacities. To close the knowledge gap between HCPs and to improve their knowledge as well as diagnostic process, we have prepared e-guidelines protocol for celiac disease treatment.

E-guidelines protocol of celiac disease treatment.pdf





Focus IN CD project is supporting  ESPGHAN (The European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition) and AOECS (The Association of European Coeliac Societies) efforts to promote the celiac disease awareness day and to spread the knowledge about celiac disease.
16 May 2018 will mark International Coeliac Day 2018, which focuses on raising awareness of the condition amongst both members of the public and healthcare professionals. Coeliac disease is the most common food-related chronic disease among children in Europe, with prevalence rising in recent decades. However, up to 80% of coeliac disease cases remain undiagnosed in children, which can lead to many serious association health complications.


ESPGHAN and the AOECS are therefore calling on the EU and its Member States to employ effective detection programmes to achieve early diagnosis of coeliac disease in children.


The two societies have come together to produce a manifesto for change, outlining three steps that must be taken throughout Europe to promote earlier diagnosis:

1.            Greater public awareness of paediatric coeliac disease

2.            Greater healthcare professional awareness of coeliac disease, its symptoms and the high-risk groups

3.            Establishment of national detection programmes for early identification of paediatric coeliac disease


We would like to invite you to join us in calling for this change on 16 May 2018. We would be delighted if you were able to share the manifesto on your website, communication or social channels, along with an infographic on paediatric coeliac disease across Europe




An Open Doors Day on the theme "Health for All" was held in the Office of the President, to mark
World Health Day 7th April 2018.
Republic of Croatia President Ms. Kolinda Grabar Kitarović stressed the importance of the individual,
as well as the overall health system in the preservation of health. She particularly pointed out the
role of preventive programs for early diagnosis of celiac disease and prevention of other illnesses.
Additionally, she highlighted that such programs would rationalize the health system by reducing the
costs of treatment of chronic patients and raises the quality of their lives.
“Since Croatia became independent, we are talking about the sustainability of our health care system
and how this is to be achieved. We are discussing possible cost-cutting measures and necessary
reforms. We also talk about prevention, but I think that we are not stressing enough the prevention
as the basis to achieve savings and reforms. Nothing can reduce the costs of treating disease as
prevention can. Effective prevention programs could reduce the costs and burdens as well as future
needs for treatment and care and prevent the disease from manifesting in early life,” said the
Croatian President.
The representatives of Croatian Celiac Disease Society, Ms. Marina Milinović and Ms. Marijana
Smoljan informed the president about the Pilot Project - Testing preschool children on celiac disease,
which will be implemented in September 2018 in Rijeka and also highlighted the main project goals:
early detection of celiac disease, prevention of other illnesses and new comprehensive celiac disease
management approach., which would put patient into a center.










project duration

Start Date

June 2016

End Date

may 2019


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