Communications team

Communications team

Communications team

Family prepares a low-carb meal to fight diabetes in Africa

Pioneering low-carb diets to reverse type 2 diabetes in Africa

“Is type 2 diabetes curable?” is often the first question that newly diagnosed people ask their physician. “No” is a common answer given by healthcare professionals, who have been trained to recognise type 2 diabetes as a chronic condition that can only be managed, in the hope of avoiding serious complications over the course of a lifetime.

There is, however, a growing body of evidence to suggest that, with the right lifestyle changes, the progression of type 2 diabetes can be slowed down, and even reversed. Over the last decade, physicians have learnt to adopt a more nuanced approach to diabetes, and training programmes have been created to help people living with diabetes and healthcare professionals navigate this new reality safely. Some of these programmes have taken place in Africa and with people of African origin.

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A person participating in the WHO Diabetes and Hypertension Screening Campaign in Kinshasa

In Kinshasa, during the pandemic, the message is clear: “get tested for diabetes”

Since September 2020, an exceptional campaign is underway in the Democratic Republic of Congo to screen the population of the capital city Kinshasa for diabetes and hypertension. The objective? To limit the impact of COVID-19 on the population. Without appropriate management, diabetes and hypertension can lead to serious complications, particularly for those affected by COVID-19. Supported by the World Health Organisation and UNICEF, and organised in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health, this campaign is taking place in 10 health centres and institutions across the city. Diabetes Africa met with the patients and professionals in Kinshasa to hear their experience and help enhance the message of this campaign: an early diagnosis of diabetes or hypertension followed with education and care can save lives.

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Jean-Michel Dangou, NCD coordinator at WHO Africa

Tackling non-communicable diseases after a devastating year

How do you care for non-communicable diseases in a pandemic? We met with Prof. Jean-Marie Dangou, head of the programme for non-communicable diseases at WHO Africa to reflect on an unprecedent year and the outlook for 2021. We talked about humility, public health strategies, research and innovation, universal health coverage and the fight against diabetes.

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University of Abuja and Diabetes Africa MoU Banner

University of Abuja partners with Diabetes Africa on diabetes education

The University of Abuja (Nigeria) has entered into a partnership with Diabetes Africa to share knowledge and support the development of an academic degree on diabetes education, marking a first in the region. The partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 8 January 2021 on the occasion of a virtual ceremony that brought together senior executives and advisers to both parties.

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An older woman with diabetes and her daugher consider filling out a form to allow the daughter to fetch her mother's medicine on her behalf.

An easy solution to pick up diabetes medicine during the pandemic

People with diabetes who are shielding from social contacts have struggled to access their medicine during the pandemic. In collaboration with a diabetes patient group in South Africa and Diabetes South Africa, Diabetes Africa led an initiative to create a medicine collection form for third parties. The important thing was to ensure buy-in from the pharmacies by providing sufficient guarantees to verify the identity of the patient and document the patient’s consent to have someone pick up their medicines on their behalf. Read more to find out how Diabetes Africa worked with Luleka Mzuzu to create the form and accompanying guidance note.

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