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Insulin requiring diabetes in Africa | Diabetes Foundation, IIF

“We estimate that for $1,000, the amount of money calculated by the World Health Organization as necessary to prevent a child’s death by immunization, it would be possible to provide 8 years’ life sustaining treatment to a child with insulin-requiring diabetes.”

The description of the “Diabetes Foundation Report on Insulin-Requiring Diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa”, according to the International Insulin Foundation:

Based on the IIF’s in-country experience and with the funding of the Diabetes Foundation, this report looks at the current patterns of disease, and the care provided for, patients with insulin-requiring diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa. It compares the three countries where the IIF has worked [Mozambique, Mali, Zambia] and draws on this experience to develop specific recommendations for concrete action to tackle the problems identified.

This report adds significantly to the current data on diabetes and its care in sub-Saharan Africa and provides a pointer to how health services for diabetes, and other chronic diseases, might be strengthened. It is meant as a reference for health planners, clinicians, diabetes associations and other interested parties involved in improving the care for people with diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa.”

Using the country case studies (Mozambique, Mali, Zambia), this report presents information and recommendations focused on:

  • Burden of disease, including Type 1 diabetes
  • Rapid Assessment Protocol for Insulin Access (RAPIA) method, implementation, and lessons learned
  • Insulin supply and pricing
  • Medicines, equipment, and diagnostic tools
  • Diabetes care, healthcare worker training
  • Economic and policy frameworks
  • Country-specific recommendations
  • International stakeholder environment and future planning directions