Access to care and medicine

Current status

1. Chamber open

Pro members can join the faculty and participate in its activities

2. Public event

The first public event serves to discuss issues and priorities across the continent

3. Action plan

The action plan identifies resources and actions for the faculty

4. Operational

Faculty members participate in exchange and learning activities

Overcrowded hospitals, distance, structural deficiencies...People with diabetes in Africa often struggle to access the level of care appropriate for their condition, while healthcare providers do not always have the technical and human resources to provide adequate care. Compounding this is the fact that patients are often priced out of access to many of the newer diabetes medications, some of which have significant effects on diabetes co-morbidities such as cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease.

The objective of the chamber is to develop and execute projects that will increase the capacity and diabetes expertise of healthcare professionals and providers.

This chamber also aims to identify and promote initiatives that would improve patient access to effective medications.

The action plan for this chamber is under discussion. If you would like to participate in its formulation, consider joining our next event. 

Collecting your medicines during the pandemic

Many people across Africa have been struggling to collect their medicines from the pharmacy or clinic because they in isolation or are shielding due to COVID-19. 

People with diabetes are at higher risk of COVID-19 complications, and are often being left with the unfortunate choice of a) going without their medication, or b) going out and risking exposure to the virus.

Diabetes Africa, in partnership with Diabetes South Africa, created a solution to this problem; a form to facilitate a trusted representative: such as family member, carer or a friend, to collect your medication on your behalf.

Download the pharmacy form, and the accompanying guidance document, to find out how to use this valuable resource. 

Some pharmacies will have their own policies and procedures in place, and there is no guarantee that this form will be accepted.

If your representative is not able to use the form to collect your medication on your behalf, we would love to know why so that we can improve the process.

Please drop a short WhatsApp message to us on +44 7539 649404.

How should I use the pharmacy form?

Read the guidance information to find out how to use the form to enable a representative to collect medicines on behalf, whilst you are in isolation or shielding due to COVID-19.

Download the guidance document

Latest poll results

Have you had any issues picking up your medicine from the pharmacy during the pandemic?


Poll of 161 attendees carried out during the Diabetes Africa "Achieving Diabetes Treatment Goals During the Pandemic" event (September 2020)


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