The first information evening in the series ‘common chronic diseases’ by MCAN is a fact! On Friday 29 September, the Netherlands working group kicked off with the first meeting on the subject, ‘diabetes’, in Zoetermeer. During this evening an interactive explanation was given about how diabetes develops, what the symptoms are and how diabetes is treated. Various personal questions from the audience were easily approached. Discussions were held on alternative ways of lowering blood sugar using known Afghan herbs. The demand for explanations about various aspects of diabetes was enormous, in that due to time constraints, the rest of the questions had to be moved to the next session. Furthermore, the leaflets about diabetes were distributed which were translated into Dari by MCAN. The appreciation was visible and that is exactly what we get the satisfaction from. All in all a successful evening!