Uganda Diabetes Association
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Uganda Diabetes Association (UDA) is non-governmental, not for profit organisation 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 on 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.
- To enhance awareness, knowledge and management of diabetes among the public and health care personnel
- To encourage people living with diabetes to 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 a 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 "Current data from the recently concluded population-based national survey on diabetes and other NCDs found the overall prevalence of diabetes to be at 1.4 % while that of impaired fasting glucose (IFG) was 2.1%. Unfortunately, the majority of participants identified with hyperglycaemia (90.5% IFG and 48.9% diabetes) were not aware of their hyperglycaemic status which implies a likelihood of presenting late with complications.
Much as the survey showed low prevalences of IFG and diabetes; there are pockets of higher prevalences, for example, a recent survey from rural Eastern Uganda showed a diabetes prevalence of 7.4% and pre-diabetes 8.6% (Mayega et al 2013)
The mean age of people having diabetes in Uganda is 35 years compared to high-income countries where the majority of people living with diabetes are over 60 years.
With all this data now we can’t afford to sit back and wait for the numbers to increase as we are sitting on a time bomb with a big number of individuals who are already dysglycemic when they are not aware.
Diabetes presenting early at 35 years is a very big concern not only in medical terms but also in the economic sense as this means that it affects the segment of the population that is most productive and energetic something that affects our economy directly and indirectly. The dangers of late diabetic presentations with its complications are for all of us to see as we know that this doesn’t only portend mortality but also morbidity most especially in this part of the world where amount of money spent per diabetic person per year is less than 50 US dollars compared to the western world that spends several thousand dollars per person per year.
Therefore the time to act is now to prevent the diabetic Tsunami from happening in Uganda which is already grappling with poverty and communicable diseases."
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