Diabetes is an emergency in Africa: Sign our call for an international mobilisation




9 high level signatories (Pr Sachs, Pr Marion Nestle, Pr Cynthia Fleury, Dr Olivier Veran, Pierre Salignon, Stéphane Besançon, Dr Kaushik Ramaiya, Pr Naby Balde and Dr David Beran) have signed an opinion column in the French newspaper « Le Monde » for an urgent international mobilisation to face the scourge of diabetes in Africa.


  • Find the full text of the opinion column published in the French newspaper « Le Monde » via this link: Text
  • Join us and sign the call for an international action on: wesign.it
  • For those wishing to go further, a detailed pitch can be downloaded via this link: Pitch


List of the 9 first signatories:

  • Stéphane Besançon (CEO NGO Santé Diabète),
  • Pr Jeffrey Sachs (Economist, University Professor at Columbia University and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on the Sustainable Development Goals)
  • Pr Marion Nestle (Nutritionist, Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and author of two best sellers: Food Politics and Soda Politics)
  • Pr Cynthia Fleury (Philosopher and psychanalyst),
  • Dr Olivier Véran (Neurologist, CHU de Grenoble-La Tronche, France),
  • Pierre Salignon (Head of projects, Agence Française de Développement),
  • Pr Naby Baldé (Endocrinologist-Diabétologist, Chair of the International Diabetes Federation Africa Region)
  • Dr Kaushik Ramaiya (Diabétologist Hôpital Hindou Mandal Dar-es- Salam, Tanzania)
  • Dr David Beran (Researcher and Lecturer at the Geneva University Hospitals and University of Geneva within the Division of Tropical and Humanitarian Medicine, Switzerland)

The call has already been signed, resumed, relayed...by many international experts : 

Dr. Samba Sow (Minister of Health of Mali), Omar Sy (Actor), Mr Fouad Mohadji (Former Vice-President of the Republic of the Union of the Comoros), Mokobe (Singer), Pr Drabo (Medical Doctor Burkina Faso), Bertrand Burgalat (Singer), Professor Sidibe (Medical Doctor Mali), Serge Michel (Journalist “Le Monde”), Prof. Yudkin (Medical Doctor UK) , Mr John Bowis (Former Minister of the United Kingdom), Mr Assane Diop (Minister of State and Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of Senegal), Dr Dangou (WHO), Dr Paquet (French Development Agency), Mrs Shojaei (French Foreign Ministry), Dr. Fontbonne (Institute Research Development France), Dr. Prevel (Institute Research Development France), Pr Chabre (Medical Doctor France), Prof. Benhamou (Medical Doctor France), Justine Davies (the Lancet), Pr Motala (physician south Africa), Professor Batal (Nutritionist Canada), Pr Delisle (Nutritionist Canada), Professor Ridde (Public Health Canada), Dr. Hercberg (National Health Program France).

But also many international structures:
International Diabetes Federation (IDF), NCD Alliance, French Diabetic Federation (FFD), Association of Young Diabetics (AJD), NCD Child, Clan Child, Institute of Leadership and Development, Geneva Health Forum (GHF), Luxembourg Diabetes Association (ALD), National Federation of Diabetics of Mali (Fenadim), The Lancet ...


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Last update: March 13,  2017