Santé Diabète joined the WHO global coordination mechanism on NCD

 Diabetes, a burden on development


Today, 1 out of every 11 adults worldwide has diabetes — four hundred and fifteen (415) million people, 80% of whom are living in low- and middle-income countries. Diabetes and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) have rapidly become a crucial issue and today in Western Africa, we are talking about a “double burden on nutrition” with the coexistence among populations of both undernutrition and overweight. Currently, over 21% of adults in Western Africa are overweight or obese and 5.7% have diabetes.


Santé Diabète is responding this public health emergency as a development actor recognised for its role in strengthening health systems to improve diabetes prevention and management throughout Africa.


An expert group at the bedside of disease

Our collective expertise enabled us to qualify for selection by WHO to join the limited circle of the members of the Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs. Set in motion by the WHO Director-General in 2014, the Mechanism aims to facilitate and enhance the coordination of activities, multi-stakeholder engagement and cross-sector action at the local, national, regional and global levels in order to contribute to the implementation of WHO’s Global NCD Action Plan 2013–2020.


“For a small structure like Santé Diabète, being integrated into this coordinating group represents considerable recognition of our work and achievements,” said Stéphane Besançon, Founder and Director General of Santé Diabète. “We are thrilled to be contributing to the achievement of WHO’s commendable objective to advance the prevention of diabetes and of its complications worldwide.”







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Diabetes, a major public health problem for Africa






Last update: March 13,  2017