IDF Africa Region

The elected IDF Representatives for the Africa Region for 2016-17 are:

Chair: Dr Ahmed Reja, Ethiopia
Chair Elect: Dr Naby Balde, Guinea

The IDF Africa Region currently represents 35 diabetes organisations in 32 countries. The Region has a very cosmopolitan population consisting of mostly Bantus and Arabs, with significant Indian, European and Chinese migrant communities located in Eastern and Southern Africa and on the islands of Madagascar and Seychelles.

The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is low in both rural and urban Bantu communities, but is ten times more prevalent in Muslim and Hindu communities in Tanzania and South Africa, and in the Chinese community in Mauritius.  Type 1 diabetes, while still rare, is becoming increasingly prevalent. Diabetes is already a major public health problem in Africa and its impact is bound to increase significantly if nothing is done to curb the rising rate of impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), which now exceeds 16% in some countries.

The principal objectives of the African Region are to:

  • Create new member associations
  • Strengthen existing members through awareness programmes
  • Stimulate the formation of intra-regional joint diabetes research
  • Develop diabetes education
  • Reinforce collaboration with WHO