Research is a very important aspect of the activities conducted by Santé Diabète because it improves the effectiveness of our actions and the evaluation of our programs.

It also enables us to develop new approaches by directly linking the results of these research actions to the implementation programs. Our participation in research work, set up in Africa or in France, is carried out in collaboration with many international universities, health structures or research centers.


  • Nutrition/diet
  • Reduction of diabetes risk factors
  • New therapeutic approaches
  • Access to treatments
  • Therapeutic education
  • Health information systems
  • Economic impact of diabetes
  • Traditional medicine
  • Medical anthropology
  • Health Litteracy


Study on the exploration of health literacy for people with diabetes in Mali, Burkina Faso and the Union of the Comoros

The interest of meeting the health literacy needs of patients with chronic diseases has been highlighted by numerous public health studies, in terms of individual and population benefits. Therefore it seemed essential to Santé Diabète to conduct a study to assess the level of health literacy with diabetes in Mali and health professionals. For this, we have called on long-standing partner, such as the La Reunion University Hospital and the University of La Reunion. The main elements resulting from the synthesis of the study show on the one hand the place of the doctor who remains by far the main referent in several areas: the referent in terms of management and monitoring of the disease, the referent in terms of health information. On the other hand, "the sick person cannot be considered as being solely the bearer of a pathology: he is above all a social being, in dynamics and in perpetual interaction with other individuals of the family, of the world of work or neighborhood, in specific geographical, cultural and economic environments”. The support is primarily moral and takes the form of help from the family with regard to food, treatment or attendance at consultations; then sometimes financial with the purchase of drugs.

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Switch insulin, in Mali

The study "Evaluation of the impact of the introduction of a long-acting analogue insulin on the clinical results and quality of life of young patients with diabetes in Mali" was developed by a group of researchers including Malian medical specialists led by Dr Togo, teams from the NGO Santé Diabète, teams from the Life For A Child Program, teams from the Hospitals and University of Geneva and finally Dr De Beaufort, President of ISPAD.


ACCISS study "Addressing the challenge and constraints of insulin sources and supply"


The Acciss Study is a multicenter study conducted by Health Action International, the University of Geneva and Boston University in the United States that includes Mali, Tanzania, Peru and Kyrzygstan.

The objective is to improve access to insulin by analyzing the opportunities and constraints linked to its availability, as well as all the medical devices necessary for the injection of insulin (syringes, readers and blood glucose strips...).

Santé Diabète is coordinating the implementation of this study in Mali, together with the Ministry of Health and specialist doctors.

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