Diabetes, another scourge that Africa must face

In 2019, it killed more than 360,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).

“Fighting Covid-19 should not make us lose sight of other health challenges. World Diabetes Day is a key moment to draw attention to this chronic disease, which increasingly threatens the lives of Africans, ”recalled Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa on the occasion of world diabetes day.

A sneaky evil that darkens

Diabetes is progressing, rapidly. In 2019, He killed more than 360,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and nearly three quarters of these deaths are in people under the age of 60, the highest proportion in the world. for this age group. The projections are alarming: the number of diabetics is expected to drop from 19.4 million in 2019 to nearly 29 million in 2030 and 47 million in 2045, according to IDF. Most worrying is the number of people living with undiagnosed diabetes, around 60%. “We need to change this situation by investing in the early detection, prevention and treatment of diabetes,” says Dr. Moeti.

Almost three quarters of these deaths are among people under the age of 60, the highest proportion in the world for this age group. © GARO / Phanie / Phanie via AFP

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