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Diabetes Africa UK Forum 2024


The ‘Advancing Equity in Diabetes Care for Black Populations’ event is an opportunity for health and care professionals, policymakers, researchers, and community leaders to meet with one another, take stock of the activities happening around the UK, upskill, and work together to improve diabetes and related disease outcomes for people of Black, Black African, and Black Caribbean heritage in the UK.

With a focus on closing the inequity gap, we continue to build on from last year’s event where we explored how we can close the gap in diabetes inequalities in Black populations within the UK.

This year’s sessions include: African and Caribbean Foods: get to know them, Spotting diabetes foot complications in dark skin tones: When the ‘red flag’ might not be red, Diabetes in pregnancy: cultural considerations in Black populations, and Achieving Equity in access to Diabetes Technology. You can find the preliminary programme here.

Disclaimer: The 2024 UK Forum is sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company, A. Menarini Farmaceutica Internazionale SRL, AgaMatrix and Insulet who have had no input into the topics discussed or the selection of speakers.


Dr Bernadette Adeyileka-Tracz

Executive Director, Diabetes Africa, UK

Dr Bernadette Adeyileka-Tracz (MPharm, PhD, PGCert) is a registered pharmacist with a PhD in molecular biology and bioinformatics, and is an Executive MBA candidate. Bernadette 10 years of experience across multiple sectors and industries, including medical affairs management roles in the pharmaceutical industry. Bernadette is the Founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Diabetes Africa.

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Joan St John

Dr Joan St John

GPwER Diabetes, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust, UK

Dr Joan St John is a General Practitioner (GP) with special interest in diabetes, and is currently working as GP Clinical lead in Diabetes for an area of North-West London, UK. She also works as part of the multi-disciplinary award-winning Brent Integrated Diabetes Service. Summary

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Dr Chris Manu

Consultant Diabetologist and General Medicine, King’s College Hospital NHS Trust Foundation, UK

Chris has been a Consultant Diabetologist at King’s since 2016. But even while undertaking his specialist training, he has been involved in several service improvement projects within the South East London (SEL) area, as well as setting up new foot care pathways.

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Shola Oladipo, Food for Purpose

Shola Oladipo

Registered Dietitian, CEO Food for Purpose, UK

Shola Oladipo is a registered dietitian and CEO of Food For Purpose (FFP) a non-profit organisation that delivers practical solutions for eating, living & functioning. With over 25 years of dietetic experience in NHS primary and secondary care, private health and the food industry.

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Meera Ladwa, Newham University Hospital

Dr Meera Ladwa

Clinical Lead for Type 1, Transition & Young Adult Diabetes, Newham University Hospital, UK

Meera Ladwa (MRCP, PhD) works as a specialty clinician for Barts NHS Trust and leads the Young Adult Diabetes service at Newham University Hospital, London, UK.

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Prof. Partha Kar

National Speciality Advisor-Diabetes, NHS England, UK

Professor Partha Kar is National Specialty Advisor, Diabetes with NHS England and co-author of the national Diabetes GIRFT report.

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Dr Roxanne Crosby-Nwaobi

Lead Nurse for Research, Moorfields Eye Hospital, UK

Roxanne is a postdoctoral ophthalmic nurse researcher, lead nurse for research at Moorfields Eye Hospital, an honorary Associate Professor at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and an NIHR/HEE Clinical Lecturer.

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Insulet, a sponsor of Diabetes Africa