The Moroccan League for the Fight against Diabetes (Ligue Marocaine de Lutte contre le Diabète) is a non-governmental organisation, founded in 1990 by the late Professor Jamal Deen Bensouda. Recognizing the importance of the involvement of a variety of partners, the League has brought together complementary organisations right from the start. In addition to endocrinologists, diabetes doctors and people with diabetes, the League is open not only to medical experts(cardiologists, nephrologists, dietitians, GPs, ophthalmologists, psychologists, ... ), but also to lawyers, economists, parliamentarians and journalists.
To generate awareness about diabetes among the general public and patients of the diseases and to emphasise on the importance of prevention;
To help people with diabetes to improve the management of their condition;
To promote the education of people with diabetes;
To improve diabetes care throughout the country;
To promote diabetes research and national epidemiology.
This day takes place on November 14 every year. In 2019, it was celebrated in Laayoune in South of Morocco.
It included different activities:
A scientific programme with continuous education of health professionals, nurses and general practitioners of the region;
Awareness-raising and educating people with diabetes and the general public, diabetes screening, coloring and animation sessions for children and young people in each region on healthy lifestyles and diabetes prevention.
Diabetes Morocco Meeting
The Moroccan league organizes an important scientific meeting every year. The last one was organized in Kénitra on 6th and 7th July, 2019 and it included lectures, symposiums and workshops for specialists, GPs and health professionals.
The Moroccan League organises education of people with diabetes and their families. Awareness-raising and prevention activities for young people are planned in public and private schools, including nutrition and lifestyle education, especially against smoking at schools and colleges in Rabat, Dakhla, Laayoune, Témara, Salé and in other cities as well.
Click here to see some educational sessions of people with diabetes and the general public.
Different World Days are also celebrated every year: World Sport Day on April 6th, World No Tobacco on May 31st and World Food Day on October 16th. During Ramadan, lectures, educational sessions and interventions in the media take place.
Conferences and workshops for general practitioners in different regions of Morocco, training seminars for educators;
Collaboration with public and private organizations in the field of epidemiological studies, cost estimation of diabetes management and its complications, field investigations;
Brainstorming on the beginnings of the project about educational centers for people living with diabetes and training trainers;
Preparation of reports and documents on the condition;
Regular update of the website of the League and the Facebook page.
- As an active member in the MENA Region, the Moroccan League is committed to the development of the region's activities with targeted activities (national programme to fight against diabetes, journalist training, diabetes education ..). Likewise, it develops bilateral cooperation and scientific exchanges with African countries.
- The league established networks and partnerships between national and regional associations and collaborates with the ministries of health, youth, sport, as well as with religious entities.
- During medical congresses, seminars and various activities, the League works regularly to involve not only the different relevant departments of the Ministry of Health, but also the National Council of the National Order of Physicians, the National Fund of Organisms of Social Welfare, the National Agency for Health Insurance and the Parliament. Meetings are planned with these organisations for better management of diabetes and chronic diseases in Morroco.
- With the Moroccan parliament and the support of parliamentarian members of the League and the Commission for Health, the taxation of Sweetened Beverages was adopted unanimously in November 11, 2018 by the Finance Committee of Parliament. The members of the working group are now working to extend the tax to all sugary products during future Moroccan finance bills. They continue advocacy and awareness-raising work at a government level and with the media and civil society.
Message from the President
Prof. Jamal Belkhadir "The Moroccan League for the Fight against Diabetes has been a member of the International Diabetes Federation since 1995. The League fully supports the objectives of the IDF - to work to prevent diabetes, to improve the quality of life of people with diabetes and to promote a healthy lifestyle. The League also works in the international and regional arena to fight the diabetes epidemic by developing and coordinating strategies to fight diabetes, in an integrated and collaborative approach involving governments based on IDF guidelines, taking into account national and regional differences".