Born in 2001, Santé diabète, formerly known as Santé diabète Mali, was founded by a group of specialists in diabetes, health and development, including the founding member Stéphane Besançon who is the current director general of the organization.
While so far, the fight against diabetes was absent from the development policies and action plans of development actors, the founders created an organization specialized in the issues related to diabetes.
It is part of a new generation of NGO (nongovernmental organizations) which develop their activities in the field with institutional partners by positioning itself in technical assistance to support policies of prevention and treatment of diabetes implemented by the states.
Between 2001(creation date of the NGO) and 2011 (date of the high-level summit on non-communicable diseases during the UN General Assembly), the international context has changed with a growing awareness of the problem of diabetes. In this context, the expertise and network of partners developed by the NGO are indispensable international partners in the interventions implemented to improve the prevention and management of diabetes in developing countries.
Aware of these major issues and in order to better respond to it, the general meeting 2011 of the NGO has approved the change of name of the structure that became: NGO " Santé Diabète ".
This change of identity will be done in the continuity by pursuing the field interventions based on the methodology developed in Mali but also in the change by extending the mandates of action of the NGO Santé diabète by :