In Africa, many people have received incorrect information about diabetes and think of it is as a disease that only affects older people and the wealthy. People with diabetes suffer from many negative perceptions. Diabetes education in the region is often non-existent, while access to (affordable) care and medicines is a real issue for many people.
Africa’s YLD Regional Action Plan focuses on improving diabetes education, raising awareness of diabetes and screening programmes. The YLD candidates aim to improve the lives of people living with diabetes through reducing stigma and discrimination and helping their governments understand the crucial necessity of providing access to diabetes care and medicines to people living with diabetes help improve their health outcomes and avoid life-threatening complications.
Activities undertaken to achieve the goals of the action plan include diabetes camps, awareness campaigns, educational talks, physical activity and advocacy campaigns.