Uganda Diabetes Association


Organizational Information

PO Box 11080, Plot 55B
Martin road Old Kampala
1954 Kampala
Fax  +256-772-591911


Membership Information

Founded in 1982

1000 Members in 2016


1 employee and 1 volunteer

Member of IDF since 1985




Uganda Diabetes Association (UDA) is a non-governmental, not for profit organization that cares for, unites and advocates for people affected by or at risk of diabetes and their families in Uganda.
It was founded in 1982 by Professor Andrew Marcel Otim.
Uganda Diabetes Association is registered with the Registrar of Companies. It was incorporated in June 28th 2006.  It’s a member of Uganda Non Communicable Disease Alliance and the President of the association is the current Vice Chairman to the alliance.
Uganda Diabetes Association has 15 branches in Mulago, Entebbe, Jinja, Bujiri, Mbale, Kumi,Soroti, Lira, Gulu, Mbarara, Fortportal, Mengo, Bushenyi, Mityana, Mubende , Masaka and Tororo. UDA has 13,000 members.

Main Focus

  • To enhance awareness, knowledge and management of diabetes among the public and health care personnel
  • To encourage people living with diabetes recognize the importance of good blood sugar control in order to avoid diabetes related complications.
  • To provide information about diabetes complications and enable people living with diabetes lead quality lives.
  • To promote self-care through addressing social, cultural and psychological aspects of diabetes.


Uganda Diabetes Association (UDA) helps people manage their diabetes effectively by providing information, advice and support. We have conducted health education talks at our different branches in Mengo, Entebbe, Mulago etc
UDA campaigns with people with diabetes and with health care professionals to improve the quality of diabetes care in Uganda.
UDA conducts or facilitates diabetes care related research in the country. The association is currently carrying out a study to assess level of diabetes knowledge among health care workers in Uganda which will be followed by another study to assess quality of diabetes care in the country.
UDA conducts risk assessment, early diagnosis and mitigation of pre-diabetes through health life style choices.
UDA has conducted health education talks in churches, civil and social organizations such as Rotary.
They support health care professionals involved in the care of people living with diabetes.The association has partnered in the Buddy Doctor Initiative Project where doctors will be mentored in diabetes management in the country

Message from the President

Dr. William Lumu "Like many Sub Saharan countries, Uganda is experiencing an upsurge in prevalence of diabetes. The situation is not helped by the double burden from infections such as HIV, tuberculosis, malaria etc that are still causing immense morbidity and mortality in this part of the world.
Unfortunately, diabetes and other non-communicable diseases are not given priority at policy and budgeting levels by our governments. Additionally, treatment of diabetes is expensive and unaffordable in most cases.
Uganda Diabetes Association is a member of Uganda Non Communicable Disease Alliance and International Diabetes Federation. Membership to both organizations has helped to enhance our advocacy platform at national and international levels.
Being members of IDF the association to be represented at the General Assembly where we have a right to vote. It also gives us a right to participate in IDF Regional Assembly, representation at the World Diabetes Congress Global Village and promotion or advertisement of our activities and events on the official IDF website.
The International Diabetes Federation also sends us posters to use on World Diabetes Day celebrations and has also given us a right to use its logo on our documents as exemplified by its (logo) presence on our headed paper. In other words by acting as a ‘good dad’ to us; IDF helps to bolster our advocacy and campaign drives in the country.
Lastly, through provision of evidence based messages and care to our people we may “conquer”.


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