Diabetes prevention and control
AbstractDiabetes is a chronic disease characterized by chronic hyperglycaemia which requires lifelong treatment. Its prevalence in Africa varies between 1% and 20%. Type 2 diabetes, which is the most common form, can be life threatening due to its complications, particularly, cardiovascular diseases. It constitutes a serious public health problem. 2. Diabetes, like other noncommunicable diseases in the Region, receives lower attention than it deserves, despite its social, human and economic costs. Few countries have national programmes and basic facilities that are appropriate for the control of diabetes. 3. The present strategy urges Member States to evaluate the magnitude of diabetes and identify and improve areas of intervention in terms of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention activities. 4. Countries are encouraged to create the conditions required for prevention, early detection diagnosis, treatment, guarantee of equitable access to care, and availability of drugs at health facilities. 5. The Regional Committee is invited to examine and adopt this strategy.
Regional Committee for Africa, 57. (2011). Diabetes prevention and control. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/1805