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

Current research projects


The study on the health literacy of patients with diabetes in Mali includes 360 patients in 6 health structures in two regions of Mali (district of Bamako and region of Ségou). This study is coordinated in the field in Mali by Santé Diabète teams in close partnership with the Mali Ministry of Health, the University of Réunion and the team of Prof. Osborne at Dakine University (Australia) who developed the questionnaire (HLQ).

In 2017, the partners finalized the protocol and then the NGO Santé Diabète proposed it for validation to the ethics committee of the Faculty of Medicine of Mali. Santé Diabète is carried out, in collaboration with its local partners, the operational phase of the study in 2018 and 2019. The publication of the results of this work is scheduled for 2021.

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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 has been coordinating, with the Ministry of Health and medical specialists, since 2018 and until the end of 2020, the implementation of this study in Mali.

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Agrisan study

This research project which involves Santé Diabète, the French Research Development Institute (IRD) and many other research institutions in Mali has 5 objectives :

  1. Analyze the food supply in Bamako;
  2. Carry out an inventory of urban agriculture and determine its real place in the overall food supply of Bamako (specify the different productions and their availability, accessibility of productions and their sanitary quality);
  3. Assess the health and nutritional status of households, with an emphasis on the risk factors for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs);
  4. Evaluate the impact of changes in food consumption patterns on the health of the population of Bamako by focusing on the emergence of NCDs.