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NGO Santé Diabète
Advocacy actions

The advocacy actions of Santé Diabète aim to develop awareness on the issue of diabetes and create a movement of support for people with diabetes in Africa and to make a lasting change in the situation of people with diabetes by improving the quality of their care, access to treatment and their quality of life.

At the international level, our advocacy actions aim to develop awareness of the problem of diabetes and create a movement of support for people with diabetes in Africa.

In the countries, our advocacy actions aim to lastingly change the situation of people with diabetes by improving the quality of their care, access to treatment and their quality of life.

During these past two years, our advocacy actions have enabled us to increase our visibility beyond the world of diabetes and opens up interesting prospects for collaboration with actors in global health, but also in nutrition and the environment, which is mobilized today - and will be even more so tomorrow - essential to fight against diabetes and meet the challenges of this global health emergency.

International conferences and summits

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A highlight: 300 participants standing after the call of the Director of WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to stand up if they are personally affected or know someone close to them suffering from a noncommunicable disease.

3rd United Nations High Level Summit on Noncommunicable Diseases

It was at the United Nations headquarters in New York that the 3rd high-level meeting on NCDs was held on September 27, 2018. On the spot, around sixty heads of state and government heard reports from expert commissions and members of civil society.

Stéphane Besançon, director general of Santé Diabète, was nominated to be a member of this commission, and the only French representative of French civil society among the 27 representatives worldwide. A strong symbol for our association and recognition of our expertise which further strengthens our legitimacy to be more present in advocacy at the international level!

To know more : https://www.who.int/ncds/governance/third-un-meeting/en/

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A first edition of the international conference "Francophone perspectives in global health" successful!

1st international conference
"Francophone Perspectives in Global Health"

Organized by Santé Diabète, the 1st edition of the international conference "Francophone perspectives in global health: synergies in the fight against diabetes and noncommunicable diseases in Africa" ​​brought together 50 international experts (researchers, scientists, civil society, communities, etc.) .) on December 19 and 20, 2017 in Grenoble. 10 articles were published following this conference.

Among the 50 participants present:

  • The mayor of Grenoble, the vice-president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and the deputy of Isère The president of the national ethics advisory committee
  • Former Vice-President of the Republic of Comoros
  • 8 representatives from the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the French Development and Expertise Agency France
  • 13 representatives of patient associations and civil society
  • 24 academics and hospitals representing institutions in Geneva, Montreal, Grenoble, Paris, Bamako, Ouagadougou, Conakry ...

Testimony

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Dr Taraneh SHOJAEI

Head of the global health policy pole, Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs

"This 1st international conference ( Francophone perspectives in global health: synergies in the fight against diabetes and noncommunicable diseases in Africa) organized by Santé Diabète demonstrates the collective will to decompartmentalize and share a vision on the challenges of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the French-speaking world and more generally those of global health.

By relying on very high level experts and by providing concrete elements, this conference, very interactive and operational, was a beautiful testimony of collective intelligence in a field still little invested in global health.

The speakers' approach was in perfect harmony with France's approach to global health (France's strategy for global health 2017-2021), multisectoral and multidisciplinary, which focuses on strengthening health systems, while fighting against diseases. "

 

 

Political advocacy

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Meeting with the adviser to the President of the French Republic around the question of the fight against diabetes in Africa.

Stéphane Besançon (director of the NGO Santé Diabète), Pr Drabo (Burkina Faso) and Pr Sidibé (Mali) in front of the Elysée Palace.

Our advocacy work also involves writing technical notes to various political bodies. One of them, addressed directly to the Health and Medical Research Advisor of the Presidency of the French Republic, resulted on June 3, 2015 in a high-level meeting at the Elysée Palace.

This meeting allowed us to solicit the support of the Elysee Palace in the fight against diabetes in Africa. It brought together Professor Lyon-Caen, Health Advisor to the President of the French Republic, the Director General of Diabetes Health and the diabetologist-endocrinologist teachers associated with our field actions in Burkina Faso (Pr. Drabo), in Mali (Pr. Sibidé) and in Senegal (Pr. Ndour).

This meeting allowed the attention paid by the Presidency of the French Republic to our activities to strengthen the commitment of the actors concerned for the improvement of the living conditions of people with diabetes in Africa!

International expert groups

In 2017, our association joined several high-level scientific committees. It first joined the international commission of the scientific journal The Lancet "Diabetes in Sub Saharan Africa" ​​then the scientific committee of the Geneva Health Forum (GHF) and the World Diabetes Congress (WDC). Then, the 15 years of work of Santé Diabète were praised by the international community through a 45-minute Reading Award at the World Diabetes Congress in December 2017.

From the start of 2018, Santé Diabète joined two major international commissions: the international commission in charge of the World Diabetes Atlas (Diabetes Atlas) of the International Diabetes Federation (FID) as well as the international commission "Diabetes in Humanitarian settings ”with UNRWA, UNHCR, ICRC, IDF, WDF and many other international organizations.

Santé Diabète has also become an official partner of the "humanity and health" chair and will participate in this context in the first white paper on the first patient-led hospital.