Diabetes Education in Africa

On July 24, the International Diabetes Federation held a diabetes education symposium in Arusha, Tanzania to forge ahead diabetes education in Sub-Saharan Africa. The symposium was opened by Dr. Manish Pant, IDF Policy and Programmes Director and key presentations in the morning were provided by IDF President Prof. Jean Claude Mbanya and Dr. Evariste Bouenizabila, Buyelwa Majikeladlangamandla from the Diabetes Education Consultative Section. Achu Phebe in her role as chair of the Pan African Diabetes Educators group (PADEG) set the stage for the afternoon discussions through explaining the role of PADEG and need for further action on diabetes education in Sub-Saharan Africa: "this Arusha training was very productive in working towards a common vision and goal for diabetes education in Africa" she said.

The afternoon provided the opportunity for educators from the region to provide input into a preliminary strategic plan for diabetes education in Africa and inform the future work of PADEG. Anne Marie Ugirumurera from Rwanda said "it was a great opportunity to meet and work with other diabetes educations and learn about their successes and challenges."

The symposium was closed by IDF President elect Sir Michael Hirst. This day was a truly resounding success thanks to all the participants. A report of the preliminary strategic plan will be available in the near future.