The IDF Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region includes 21 countries and territories, representing 28 diabetes organisations.
Over the past three decades, major social and economic changes have transformed many of the countries in the IDF Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA). Some Gulf States such as United Arab Emirates (UAE) or Qatar have undergone rapid economic growth and urbanization, associated with reduced infant mortality and increasing life expectancy. Other countries in the Region have seen a decrease in economic growth due to dramatic political changes.
According to the IDF Diabetes Atlas 8th Edition, approximately 38.7 million adults aged 20-79 years were living with diabetes in the MENA region in 2017. Close to half (49.1%) of these cases were undiagnosed. Over two-thirds (67.3%) of adults with diabetes live in urban areas.
The elected IDF Representatives for the MENA Region for 2018-19 are:
Chair 2016-2017: Prof. Abdul Basit, Pakistan
Chair-Elect: Dr. Jamal Belkhadir, Morocco