Although the exact magnitude of the problem in Africa is not well understood, diabetes is a serious threat to public health throughout the continent. In 2003, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) predicted that by 2010, diabetes prevalence in Africa would increase by around 95%. Ignoring diabetes could lead to the breakdown of the fragile health systems in Africa, which are already overwhelmed by communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS. Kaushik Ramaiya describes the status of diabetes care in Africa and reports on joint IDF-World Health Organization (WHO) initiatives to improve diabetes prevention and care in the region.
WHO, Africa, Dakar, Senegal, Zanzibar, Tanzania, African Declaration on Diabetes, Novo