IDF member associations discuss future of Africa region in fight against diabetes

In the lead-up to the First African Diabetes Congress in Arusha, Tanzania, IDF convened a regional member association workshop.

In total, 28 member associations explored challenges and opportunities for diabetes in the Africa region.

“This is a  great experience” said Naby Balde from IDF’s member association in Guinea “our association gets a unique chance to meet fellow African associations and IDF global staff to discuss cooperation for tackling diabetes in Africa”

The workshop was opened by Jean Claude Mbanya, President, IDF who underlined the important role this workshop would play in allowing members “to brainstorm and share experiences”.

Through interactive sessions, the member associations agreed to solidify a regional strategy for the next triennium (2013-2015). The strategy will draw on regional experience and inspiration from IDF's global documents including the Global Diabetes Plan and the UN Political Declaration on NCD Prevention and Control.

Participants shared operational challenges faced on a daily basis, including communication and infrastructure issues. They also discussed shared regional priorities, including improving access to essential medicines and reducing stigma for people with diabetes.

The workshop provided a unique opportunity for these energetic and motivated member associations to share vital knowledge and expertise on association best practice. The event was closed by Sir Michael Hirst, President-Elect, IDF, who confirmed his commitment to strengthening the Africa region’s capacity and knowledge base during his triennium.