Saturday, 21 September 2013

The Second African Diabetes Congress Yaounde 2014 "Diabetes: Challenges and Opportunities in Africa"


 The Second African Diabetes Congress Yaounde-Cameroon:25th-28th February 2014
"Diabetes: Challenges and Opportunities in Africa"

The Scientific Program Committee of the ADC 2014 invites all interested participants to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations. Abstract submission to the ADC 2014 is based on 100% online system and all abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific program committee and the secretariat will inform presenting authors of the outcome via email. Participants, who would like to actively participate in the Congress, are requested to submit an abstract for review by the Program Scientific Committee.

The Committee reserves the right to:
1) select the abstracts relevant to the Scientific Program
2) decide on the final form of presentation (oral or poster display)

The 2nd African Diabetes Congress will promote excellence in the field of diabetes. The congress has been appropriately themed: “Diabetes: Challenges and opportunities in Africa”. The Congress will provide an ideal opportunity to cross fertilize with colleagues from Africa and mingle with international renowned experts in the field of diabetes. We are putting together an exciting scientific programme of the most recent diabetes evidence and best practice that will underpin the improvement in diabetes care, treatment and prevention adapted to the African region.

The congress will be held at the Hilton Hotel Yaounde-Cameroon from the 25th–28th February 2014. We look forward to welcoming you to Cameroon, Africa in Miniature!

More information can be gotten here



Wednesday, 4 September 2013


World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign of the diabetes mellitus world and is held on November 14 of each year.

It was introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to the alarming rise of diabetes around the world. World Diabetes Day is a campaign that features a new theme chosen by the International Diabetes Federation each year to address issues facing the global diabetes community.

While the campaigns last the whole year, the day itself marks the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.

Each year, World Diabetes Day is centred on a theme related to diabetes. Topics covered have included diabetes and human rights, diabetes and lifestyle, diabetes and obesity, diabetes in the disadvantaged and the vulnerable, diabetes in children and adolescents. It mainly entails talking about Diabetes

This year's world diabetes day theme is Diabetes: Protect our Future

Activities can include:

Bringing Diabetes to Light by making monumental structures and buildings go blue for diabetes awareness 

Organize an event in your location: Could be an awareness program or in collaboration with health institutions could be a free screening program

You could organize a flash mob with friends


Contact us for more information


Here are 10 facts from the World Health Organization website featured on our twitter handle and Facebook Page.

1) There is an emerging global epidemic of diabetes that can be traced back to rapid increases in overweight, obesity and physical inactivity.

2) Total deaths from diabetes are projected to rise by more than 50% in the next 10 years. Most notably, they are projected to increase by over 80% in upper-middle income countries.

3) Type 1 diabetes is characterized by a lack of insulin production and type 2 diabetes results from the body's ineffective use of insulin.

4) Type 2 diabetes is much more common than type 1 diabetes, and accounts for around 90% of all diabetes worldwide.

5) Reports of type 2 diabetes in children - previously rare - have increased worldwide. In some countries, it accounts for almost half of newly diagnosed cases in children and adolescents.

6) A third type of diabetes is gestational diabetes. This type is characterized by hyperglycaemia, or raised blood sugar, which is first recognized during pregnancy.

7) In 2005, 1.1 million people died from diabetes. The full impact is much larger, because although people may live for years with diabetes, their cause of death is often recorded as heart diseases or kidney failure.

8) 80% of diabetes deaths are now occurring in low- and middle-income countries.

9) Lack of awareness about diabetes, combined with insufficient access to health services, can lead to complications such as blindness, amputation and kidney failure.

10) Diabetes can be prevented. Thirty minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days and a healthy diet can drastically reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Image and Text Credit to World Health Organization; for more info visit here