Who are we ?

Santé Diabète is a Non-Governmental Organization founded in 2001 to respond to the lack of access to healthcare for people with diabetes in Africa and to the failure to take this health emergency into account by development actors at the global level.
First present in Mali, Santé Diabète then expanded its programs to Burkina Faso, the Comoros as well as in France (headquarters of the association) with permanent teams in each country and a network of more than 200 local and international partners.

Our mission

STRENGTHENING AND STRUCTURING HEALTH SYSTEMS FOR BETTER PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT OF DIABETES

With a team of 40 people and more than 200 local and international partners, Santé Diabète acts every day in countries to save lives through prevention and diabetes management programs that aim to improve the quality of life of people affected by this chronic disease.

The intervention of our NGO focus on a comprehensive approach including on all the aspects to implement quality prevention and management of diabetes.

THIS INNOVATIVE APPROACH TRANSLATES INTO PRACTICE
BY THE ESTABLISHMENT OF 6 COMPONENTS:

1. PRIMARY PREVENTION

to reduce the human and economic burden of the progression of the disease

2. decentralization of care

to guarantee the geographical accessibility of the populations to quality care

3. SECONDARY AND TERTIARY PREVENTION / THERAPEUTIC LITERACY/EDUCATION

to reduce the burden of complications from diabetes

4. REDUCTION OF CARE COSTS

to make it possible for populations to access diabetes care

 

5. integrated approach

including active participation of patients and their families by supporting patient associations, self-management and advocacy mechanisms

6. Research

to develop innovative approaches in the research / diabetes sector

Our approach was developed and is implemented in countries with institutional partners (national and local authorities, civil society actors, communities and people with diabetes).

This positioning in technical assistance to support the policies of prevention and management of diabetes implemented by the States guarantees that the interventions carried out by the NGO ensures long-term solutions.

Santé Diabète has thus been building for 16 years a very specific expertise on diabetes in Africa and in developing countries, and more generally in health and development. This expertise allows our NGO to support many governments in the development of their policies to address Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) or more specifically diabetes.

More broadly, it has also allowed our NGO to develop other expertises around these issues for governments, international organizations and the United Nations.

Our results in countries and the group of experts involved in our NGO have gradually made Santé Diabète a structure of reference at the international level for many international organizations (International Diabetes Federation, World Health Organization, etc.), learned societies (Société Francophone of Diabetes…), research centers (Transnut University of Montreal…) and universities (University of Grenoble, University of Montreal, University of Geneva, Harvard University…).

Santé Diabète in 2020

contributors
partners
sensitized students
people at risk screened
trained health professionals
people in care (type 2 diabetes)
treatment of children with type 1 diabetes managed

Strong values & a humanist approach

Our values transpire from our actions, every day, in the field, with the support of our partners and with an approach that we prefer to qualify as a humanitarian rather than a humanitarian one.

We have made the choice of reasoned growth by using the strength of our networks, to stay as close as possible to the needs of the field, which allows us to maintain good control over our activities and to ensure their relevance, quality and efficiency.

Our organization also draws its legitimacy and strength from its anchoring in local dynamics. Through our interventions, our organization makes sure never to substitute itself to local stakeholders and to always seek capacity building and support towards the autonomy of local partners.

  • We are the only NGO specialized in the fight against diabetes in Africa
  • Our operational structure and our management are based in West Africa as close as possible to the field
  • We promote South-North, South-South and North-South collaboration
  • We are sustaining diabetes care by strengthening local health systems
  • We work directly with ministries, health departments, national, regional and local health care structures to build strong public policies
  • We contribute to the building of a strong civil society by supporting patient associations
  • We work without any conflict of interest with the pharmaceutical industry and the food industry
  • We contribute to the fight against diabetes at the global level by being the only independent NGO recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and a member of its global coordination mechanism for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
  • We alert the world through international advocacy
  • We operate an international network for local solutions

Our history

16 ans d'action

2001 - Foundation of Santé Diabète

Born from a double emergency, the lack of access to care for people with diabetes in Africa and the lack of consideration of this problem by development actors, the NGO Santé Diabète was founded in 2001 by a group of diabetes, health and development specialists to improve the prevention and management of diabetes in Africa.

2003 - First actions in Mali

Stéphane Besançon, current CEO of the NGO, was one of the founding members of this organization, named at the time Santé Diabète Mali, named after the country where the first actions were carried out in the field in 2003.

2001/2011 - PARTNER EXPERTISE AND NETWORK

Between 2001, date of creation of the NGO, and 2011, date of the High Level Summit on Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) during the General Assembly of the United Nations, the international context has evolved with an increasing consideration of the problem of NCDs.

In this context, the expertise and the network of partners developed by the NGO have made it an essential international partner in the interventions put in place to improve the prevention and management of diabetes in Africa.

From 2010 - STRENGTHENING OF ACTIONS CARRIED OUT IN MALI & FIRST DEVELOPMENTS OF PROJECTS OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY

In 2010, significant work was carried out within Santé Diabète to strengthen the actions carried out in Mali while preparing the development of projects outside the country. This extension has been requested by countries, such as Burkina Faso, who wanted to benefit from the methodologies developed over 10 years in Mali, but also because of its legitimacy and its network of partners. This extension also responded to the need to strengthen advocacy at the global level at a time when this health emergency was not yet sufficiently taken into account by the international community.

In 2011 Santé Diabète Mali becomes Santé Diabète and expands its mandate

In 2011, Santé Diabète Mali thus became Santé Diabète. A change of identity and starting point for a new broader mandate, both geographically but also in its missions and based on 4 strategic axes:

→ Develop interventions in new countries outside of Mali (Burkina Faso, Union of the Comoros, Benin, Guinea, etc.)

→ Offer cutting-edge expertise in the fields of diabetes but also more broadly in health and development, supported by a network of world-renowned experts

→ Provide French structures working with sub-Saharan migrants with skills acquired in West Africa

→ Strengthen advocacy actions with the populations and authorities in the countries of the North in order to improve knowledge of diabetes and its challenges in developing countries.

Since 2011 - OPENING OF NEW DELEGATIONS

In 2011, this new mandate was translated into practice by the opening of a development education and international solidarity program in France, followed in 2012 by the creation of a delegation in Burkina-Faso as well as a delegation in 2013 in Senegal and finally in 2015 in the Union of the Comoros. The delegation in Senegal has been closed since 2018. The France headquarters, the delegations of Mali, Burkina Faso and the Comoros continue to develop.

2012

Creation of a Santé Diabète delegation in Burkina Faso and change of the name of the NGO to: "Santé Diabète"

2013

Creation of a Santé Diabète delegation in Senegal

2016

Creation of a delegation in the Union of the Comoros and launch of a program to fight diabetes in the archipelago.
Mission "AFD diabetes prevention expertise” in French Polynesia

2017

Launch of a 3-year “Convention Program”
Establishment of a healthcare integration program: diabetes/HIV and diabetes/TB in Burkina Faso and Mali, funded by "The Initiative 5%"

2018

Santé Diabète is selected to participate in the 3rd United Nations high-level meeting on NCDs in New York.

2019

Organization of a first "multi-country" meeting

2020

Launch of a new 3-year “program agreement” including Mali, Burkina Faso and the Union of the Comoros, mainly co-funded by the French Development Agency and the World Diabetes Foundation. Implementation of a Covid19-Diabetes response plan in Mali and Burkina Faso.

Our organization

Santé Diabète organizational chart

Santé Diabète’ staff team

The NGO Santé Diabète is a team of 40 staff people :

  • A general management with a general manager and an administrative and financial director
  • A head office in France with a medical coordinator and an Education for Citizenship and International Solidarity (ECSI) project manager
  • A communication and advocacy senior officer

Three country delegations Mali, Burkina Faso and Union of the Comoros each composed of :

  • A coordinator of the delegation
  • An administrative and financial manager
  • A prevention project manager
  • A « health care offer » project manager
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Board of directors

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The Board of Directors decides, after deliberation, on all the strategic orientations of the association. The Board meets with the director at least every 6 months.

The board of directors is composed of 15 members who elects from among its members a more restrained board comprising 3 members: a president, a secretary and a treasurer. The restrained board meets (with the director and the Administrative and Financial Director) on a quarterly basis.

  • David Hacquin President
  • Joël Grevost Secretary
  • David Beran Treasurer
  • Laurent Goetz Member
  • Perrine Geniez Member
  • Nathalie Chatillon Member
  • Pauline Brailly-Vignal Technical patient referent
  • François Samuel Lahaye Member, medical referent
  • Anne-Laure Coulon Member, medical referent
  • Hélène Du Boullay Member, medical referent
  • Christine Waterlot Member, medical referent
  • Marie Veillon Member
  • Cynthia Fleury Member
  • CHRISTOPHE PERRIN Member
  • NATHALIE LE-MOULLEC Member

AN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF PARTNERS

The NGO Santé Diabète relies on a network of high-level partners who provide ad hoc expertise that both guide our interventions and carry out joint actions in the field.

 

  • International Diabetes Federation (IDF)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • West African Health Organization (WAHO)
  • World Diabetes Fondation (WDF)
  • Francophone Diabetes Society
  • University of Montreal - Faculty of Medicine - Department of Nutrition, WHO Collaborating Center on Nutritional Transition and Development
  • Grenoble University Hospital Center
  • Reunion University Hospital Center
  • Paris University Hospital Center (La pitié salpêtrière)
  • Necker University Hospital for Sick Children - Diabetology Department
  • Geneva University Hospitals
  • Université de Genève
  • Harvard University
  • Reunion University - Educational science
  • University of Sydney (Australia)
  • French Federation of Diabetics (AFD)
  • Luxembourg Diabetes Association (ALD)
  • Austrian Association of Diabetes Educators (VOD)
  • International Insulin Foundation (IIF)
  • Type 1 Diabetes SWEET initiative project
  • Geneva Health Forum (GFH)
  • Chaire de Philosophie à l’Hôpital et Chaire Humanités et Santé
  • Observatoire de la transparence dans les politiques du médicament (OTMeds)

FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY

Strict external and internal financial control mechanisms allow Santé Diabète to report at all times on the proper use of the funds entrusted to it: annual external audits carried out by approved international audit firms, certification of the association's accounts by an auditor, external audits of our partners.

98.5% OF OUR FUNDS ARE DIRECTLY USED IN THE FIELD

98,5% SOCIAL MISSIONS

1,5% operating costs

THEY SUPPORT US

To go further

REPORTS

Full report (30 pages) of the actions of Santé Diabète including the distribution and uses of resources.

Synthetic presentation (16 pages) of the missions and programs of Santé Diabète.

Santé Diabète in action

Discover the programs and actions carried out by Santé Diabète in the field