The biggest cost burden of Africa's growing diabetes epidemic is borne by the poorest

CATEGORY: Social Aspects of Public Health
DATE: 8 January 2019

The number of people with diabetes in Africa will almost triple between 2015 and 2040, rising from 14.2 million to 34.2 million, according to The International Diabetes Federation (IDF). Accurate health and cost data is essential to meeting the problem and providing cost effective treatment and preventative measures. Because of the severity of the complications associated with diabetes, such as kidney failure and heart disease, strained healthcare systems are already struggling to bear the costs.