South Africa

South Africa is one of the 32 countries of the IDF AFR region.

387 million people have diabetes in the world and more than 22 million people in the AFR Region; by 2035 this figure will almost double.

There were 2.7 million cases of diabetes in South Africa in 2014.

IDF membership

Diabetes in South Africa - 2014

Total adult population (1000s)

(20-79 years)



Number of deaths in adults due to diabetes



Prevalence of diabetes in adults

(20-79 years) (%)



Cost per person with diabetes (USD)



Total cases of adults (20-79 years) with diabetes (1000s) 2,713.4 Number of cases of diabetes in adults that are undiagnosed (1000s) 1,248.2

South Africa vs world prevalence of diabetes

The figure describes which age groups in the population have the highest proportions of diabetes. The dotted line is the distribution of diabetes prevalence by age for the world; the black line is the distribution for the region; and the country distribution is plotted in the red line. Many middle- and low-income countries have more people under the age of 60 with diabetes compared to the world average. Meanwhile, for high-income countries, a growing population over the age of 60 makes up the largest proportion of diabetes prevalence.

More information on South Africa is available from the CIA  World Factbook.

Diabetes Scorecard in South Africa

IDF in partnership with its member associations developed the first Global Diabetes Scorecard designed to track the progress that national governments are making on diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Data have been collected and countries measured on their actions in six critical areas : National diabetes plans and policies; Health systems and access to care; Monitoring and surveillance systems; Government budgeting and finance for diabetes; Engagement and rights; National adoption of the global monitoring framework for NCDs.

Download the scorecard for South Africa here or access the full report at

IDF Membership in South Africa

IDF has two Member Associations in the country.

Diabetes South Africa is a member of IDF since 1976.

Society for Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa is a member of IDF.