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Diabetes Education in Africa

On July 24, the International Diabetes Federation held a diabetes education symposium in Arusha, Tanzania to forge ahead diabetes education in Sub-Saharan Africa. The symposium was opened by Dr. Manish Pant, IDF Policy and Programmes Director and key presentations in the morning were provided by IDF President Prof. Jean Claude Mbanya and Dr. Evariste Bouenizabila, Buyelwa Majikeladlangamandla from the Diabetes Education Consultative Section.

Nominate your World Diabetes Day Hero

Do you know someone that is active in promoting the diabetes cause or engaging, motivating and leading others to take steps toward creating healthier lives?

If you do, that person could be recognised as a World Diabetes Day Hero. Tell us the story and we will post it on our website and social media in order to inspire others!

WHO and UNAIDS Collaborate on NCDs

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) made a historic agreement to work together in developing countries at the 19th International AIDS Conference this week. The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe, and the Director General of WHO, Margaret Chan, signed a ‘letter of agreement’ which outlines their commitment to integrate HIV/AIDs and NCD programmes in low and middle income countries.

Tanzanian Vice-President opens First African Diabetes Congress

All stories coming out of the First African Diabetes Congress in Arusha can be found here

Tanzanian Vice-President Mohamed Gharib Bilal and Professor Jean Claude Mbanya, President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) opened the First African Diabetes Congress in Arusha on Thursday, July 26. Their addresses called for a heightened emphasis on diabetes prevention and treatment and an increase in diabetes activism to tackle Africa’s growing epidemic

The 1st African Diabetes Youth Leadership Programme

”We will go to schools and educate people about diabetes. We will go to hospitals and visit newly diagnosed people with diabetes. And we will educate families living with diabetes, so as to avoid stigmatisation” Anita Bulindi said, as she presented herself for the presidential election of the African Diabetes Youth Leadership Programme.

This programme, initiated by the Tanzanian Diabetes Association, ran from the 21st to the 24th of July 2012 as a way to address the increasing burden of diabetes in children and adolescents in Africa.

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.

Arusha: inspiring change in epidemiology

Dr Jean Claude Katte is from Cameroon. He gives us his thoughts on the epidemiology training he attended, in the run-up to the First African Diabetes Congress in Arusha.

Being part of the post-graduate course in Epidemiology and Translational Research in Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease was a dream come true.

Diabetes guide wins national prize

“Scacco al Diabete” or "Keeping Diabetes in Check" written by Massimo Massi-Benedetti, Chair of IDF’s Science Task Force, has been selected out of eleven publications to win a literary prize awarded by the Italian Health Observatory.

We asked Massimo for his reactions to this prestigious award…

What does this award mean to you?

Young Leaders in Diabetes: Africa Congress

Twenty Young Leaders in Diabetes (YLD) are travelling from all over the world to attend the first African Diabetes Congress (ADC) and part of the first African Diabetes Youth Leadership Programme (ADYLP) in Arusha, Tanzania.  

For most of the Young Leaders, this will be their first time in an African country as well as their first reunion with the diabetic family, formed at the World Diabetes Congress in Dubai last December.

The ADYLP is a great opportunity for the YLD to meet with youth in Arusha and to share regional experiences and knowledge.

European Young Leaders meet in Rogla

A group of 23 Young Leaders in diabetes from 21 countries across Europe met in Rogla, Slovenia, from 13 to 20 July to take part in the 2nd edition of IDF Europe Summer Youth Camp.