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There are nearly half a million adults living with some form of diabetes in Cameroon; there are no national figures available for children with type 1 diabetes. Increased rates of obesity, particularly in the urban centres, and an aging population are among factors contributing to the rising prevalence of type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases, including heart disease and some cancers. In the 10-year period from the mid-1990s on, diabetes increased 10-fold.1 Projections for coming decades estimate warn of increases throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
Diabetes competes with infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, for the allocation of scarce public-health resources. However, with a nationwide diabetes prevention plan in place, chronic diseases are receiving closer attention from government.
1. Mbanya JC, Kengne AP, Assah F: Diabetes care in Africa. Lancet 2006, 368: 1628-9.
(1): CIA factbook
(2): WHO 2008
(3): IDF Diabetes Atlas, 5th edition annual update, 2012