What we do

The challenge

We are fighting a silent epidemic. The prevalence of diabetes and chronic diseases in emerging countries is high, particularly in Africa. Unfortunately, the exact figures are largely unknown.

Estimates range from 5-20% across various groups and observations indicate an upward trend, accelerated by urbanisation and the rise in living standards. Public infrastructure is lagging behind. Investment in healthcare is limited. Governments are just beginning to consider non-communicable diseases as a public issue. 

Of course, the structure of healthcare influences awareness, diagnostic and treatment. But other elements play a role too, for example local and cultural specificities that are not always considered in mainstream information about diabetes and associated diseases. 

Without leveraging energies more widely, across geographies and industries, the impact of diabetes will continue to wreck havoc on the economies of the continent.

The potential

Sixty percent of Africa’s 1.25 billion people are under age 25. By 2050, one-third of global youth will be in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Young people across Africa and Africans from the diaspora are contributing to the fields of health and science, entrepreneurship and communications. The 2015 Afro Barometer showed that 54% of young Africans had attended a community meeting or joined others to raise an issue.    

As innovation in science and communications progresses, so do opportunities for new approaches to healthcare. Increasingly, African consumers are getting connected to the internet with a 35.2% internet penetration rate and growing at 20% year on year. In many places, Africans are not only consuming information and services on a mobile-first basis, but on a mobile-only basis. The number of mobile phones in Sub-Saharan Africa will reach 690 million from 250 in the next eight years.

Our work

Diabetes Africa helps healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs and decision-makers reach more people and make a greater impact fighting diabetes in Africa and around the world.

With continuous upskilling and improved communication at the heart of our activities, we inform and connect people around three topics: access to medicine and treatment, research and policy.

Our staff, members and partners from the continent and the diaspora share the same vision: to make Africa the place where innovation in diabetes diagnostic and treatment is best shared and originates. Eventually, Diabetes Africa seek to make the disease in Africa and in people of African origin a thing of the past.

2020 Roadmap

Developing capable, motivated and supported health workers is essential for overcoming bottlenecks to achieve national and global health goals. Africa has 24% of the global burden of disease but only 3% of health workers.

2020 Roadmap

Training professionals through continuous upskilling
JAN 2020

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Training professionals through continuous upskilling

Continuous upskilling

This theme inspire our work and serve as a basis to identify new initiatives and partners

Improving access to knowledge and best practices is a common thread reports and feedback addressing diabetes in Africa. It is also recurring need expressed by healthcare and business professionals working in Africa.

‘Continuous upskilling’ seeks to enhance the palette of options available to professionals to enable them to deliver best care 365 days a year.

Utilising social and mobile media to increase the reach of knowledge, reduce the cost and diversify the learning offering is an option that will be explored, alongside more ambitious initiatives such as learning networks.

Stakeholder polling

Identifying the needs and challenges of healthcare professionals working in Africa and with patients of African origin

Report and online content

Providing information to professionals in new formats accessible via social and mobile media. Including conference reports and expert insights.

Medical Guidelines

Ensuring that standard of care publications and guidelines are easily available on a common platform. Exploring updates to material with local associations

Professional Training

Improving access to upskilling for healthcare professionals by making existing material easily accessible. Exploring the possibility of organising face-to-face sessions where funding available.

Learning networks

Exploring international partnerships to implement learning networks joining several hospitals and their networks of healthcare professionals, experts and patients.

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