International experts call for urgent international action to tackle diabetes in Africa

On 28 June 2017, 9 international experts, including Jeffrey Sachs (Economist) and Marion Nestle (Nutritionist and writer), launched a petition through a column in the prestigious French newspaper Le Monde calling for urgent international action to tackle the scourge of diabetes in Africa.

The epidemic of diabetes is increasing inexorably on the continent, under the combined effects of rapid urbanisation, modification of eating habits, increase in life expectancy and environmental changes. Despite the gravity of the situation, less than 2% of all global health funding is dedicated to this major public health challenge. An international movement is urgently needed to raise awareness of an epidemic that has been overlooked for too long, and more importantly to support and give hope to people with diabetes, mostly disadvantaged, who lack access to care and appropriate treatment.

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