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Who are we ?

Santé Diabète is a non-governmental organization founded in 2001 to address the lack of access to care for people with diabetes in Africa and the lack of consideration of this health emergency by development actors.
Initially present in Mali, Santé Diabète then developed its actions in Burkina-Faso, Senegal, Union of the Comoros, as well as in France (headquarters of the association), with permanent teams in each country.

Our mission

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

With a team of 30 people and more than 200 local and international partners, Santé Diabète acts every day in the field to save lives thanks to better prevention and management of diabetes in order to improve the quality of life of people with this chronic disease.

The NGO centers its intervention on a global approach including all the axes necessary for the implementation of prevention and quality care for diabetes.

This innovative approach takes shape in practice
through the development of 6 components :

1. PRIMARY PREVENTION

to reduce the human and economic burden of disease progression

2. decentralization of care

to guarantee the geographic accessibility of populations to quality care

3. SECONDARY AND TERTIARY PREVENTION / THERAPEUTIC EDUCATION

to reduce the burden of diabetes complications

4. REDUCED COST OF CARE

to make it possible for populations to have access to 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

This approach is developed in the field with all institutional partners (national and local authorities, civil society actors, communities and people with diabetes).

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

Santé Diabète has thus developed, over the past 15 years, highly specialized expertise in diabetes in Africa and in developing countries, and more broadly in health and development. This expertise enables him to support many governments in the development of their policy for the fight against Noncommunicable Diseases or more specifically against diabetes.

More broadly, it also allows the NGO to develop other expertise around these issues for governments, international organizations and the United Nations.

The results from the field and the cluster of experts involved have gradually made the NGO Santé Diabète a benchmark structure at international level for many international organizations (International Diabetes Federation, World Health Organization, etc.), learned societies (Société Francophone du Diabète…), research centers (Transnut University of Montreal…) and universities (University of Grenoble, University of Montreal, University of Geneva, University of Harvard…).

Santé Diabète in 2017 - 2018

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 ​​are found above all in everyday life, in the field, every day, with the support of our partners and with an approach that we prefer to describe as humanist than humanitarian.

We have made the choice of a reasoned growth by using the strength of our networks, to stay closer to the needs of the field and which allows us to keep a good control of our activities and to ensure their relevance, quality and efficiency.

Our organization also draws its legitimacy and strength from its roots in local dynamics. Through our interventions, our organization takes care never to replace local actors and always seek capacity building and support for the autonomy of local partners.

  • We are the only NGO to specialize in the fight against diabetes in Africa
  • Our operational structure and management are based in the field in West Africa
  • We promote a South-North, South-South and North-South collaboration
  • We perpetuate the management of diabetes by strengthening local health systems
  • We work directly with ministries, health directorates, national, regional and local healthcare structures to build strong public policies
  • We are building a strong civil society by structuring it and 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 on a global level by being the only independent NGO recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and member of its global coordination mechanism for Non Communicable Diseases (NCD)
  • We alert the world through international advocacy
  • We engage an international network for local solutions

Our history

15 years of 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.

Our organization

The employees of the organization

The NGO Santé Diabète is a team of 30 people organized with:

  • General management with a general manager and an administrative and financial director
  • A France Headquarters with a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer and an Education for Citizenship and International Solidarity (ECSI) project manager

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

  • A delegation coordinator
  • A Financial and Administrative Manager
  • A prevention project manager
  • An access to care project manager
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Board of directors

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The Board of Directors decides, after deliberations, on all of the association's strategic directions. The Board meets, with the director, at least every 6 months.

The Council is made up of 16 members who elect from among its members an office comprising 3 members: president, secretary and treasurer. The office meets (with the Director and the Administrative and Financial Director) every quarter.

  • David Hacquin President
  • Joël Grevost Secretary
  • David Beran Treasurer
  • Eva Pulcinelli Communication technical referent
  • Laurent Goetz Board of directors member
  • Perrine Geniez Board of directors member
  • Nathalie Chatillon Board of directors member
  • Pauline Brailly-Vignal Technical patient referent
  • François Samuel Lahaye Medical referent
  • Anne-Laure Coulon Medical referent
  • Hélène Du Boullay Medical referent
  • Christine Waterlot Medical referent
  • Marie Veillon Board of directors member
  • Pauline Trébuchet Medical referent
  • Cynthia Fleury Board of directors member
  • Mathieu Dore Board of directors member

AN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF PARTNERS

The NGO Santé Diabète relies on a set of high-level partners which provides it with ad hoc expertise both to guide its interventions as well as possible and to 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

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

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FOR FURTHER

REPORTS

Complete report (26 pages) of Santé Diabète actions including the distribution of jobs / resources.

Synthetic presentation (12 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