There is great significance in choosing an African venue to host the coming International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Congress: the problems encountered by people with diabetes in Africa closely reflect those experienced by people with the condition in much of the rest of the developing world. While people with diabetes in many developed countries – with free access to an increasing range of modern diabetes supplies and analogue human insulins – strive for excellence in the control of their blood glucose levels, many people with the condition in African countries struggle every day with the fundamental issues of survival. It is hoped that the Cape Town meeting will serve to highlight the difficulties faced by the millions of people in Africa who live with diabetes, and have a long-term positive impact on diabetes care in the region. Fraser Pirie reports on behalf of the Congress Local Organizing Committee.
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