The Africa Diabetes Congress of the International Diabetes Federation took place at the Palaise de Congress in Yaounde Cameroun from the 25th to the 28 February 2014.
The 2nd African Diabetes Congress appropriately themed: “Diabetes: Challenges and opportunities in Africa” provided an ideal opportunity for researchers, health care providers, practitioners, students, people living with diabetes to cross fertilize with colleagues from Africa and mingle with international renowned experts in the field of diabetes.
About 1,000 participants from about 45 countries were there to raise awareness on diabetes and its impact by convening at the IDF Africa diabetes congress to exchange research and best practices on diabetes prevention, treatment and management.
Cross section of Participants at the ADC2014
The international Diabetes Federation (I.D.F) is the umbrella body organization of over 200 national diabetes associations in over 160 countries. It represents the interests and the growing numbers of people with diabetes and those at risk. The Federation has been leading the global diabetes community since 1950.
Cross-section of participants at the pre-congress post graduate course on Research Methodology/Scientific writing
A Pre-congress update course on Research Methodology/Scientific writing where about 30 young researchers from all over Africa were trained and updated on recent trends in research methodologies and scientific writing.
According to the Chairman organizing committee and former International Diabetes Federation, President Professor Mbanya the young scientists are expected to through the training received translate diabetes research and care in Africa to meet up to global standard.
Discussing the challenges facing diabetes care in Africa over lunch
Simultaneously, a pre-conference update course on Advocacy was running where selected individuals from different countries attended and were trained on how to advocate, engage the government and ensure right policies are effected in their respective countries .
Policy advocacy is one of the most effective ways to achieve public health goals by ensuring that necessary resources, policies and political will are available to support, scale up, and sustain diabetes efforts within broader NCD programs.
Mobolaji Dauda from Nigeria and Pamela Donggo from Uganda at the Update course
We strongly believe that this congress will be one that wont be quickly forgotten as it laid a solid foundation not just for subsequent congresses but also diabetes research, prevention and care in Africa generally.
The 2nd Africa Diabetes Congress was made bilingual through an impressive translation efforts of the Medical Students of the University of Yaounde (a feat that was very professional and commendable).
The Organizers through the efforts of the platinum sponsors were able to sponsor about 600 participants for the congress, a remarkable and great achievement.
With recent announcement of the startoff of the Africa Diabetes Study Group and Africa Diabetes Journal we are rest assured that IDF Africa through the ADC is positioning itself for the task of curbing the diabetes epidermic in the continent.
We wish to appreciate the congress organizers who through the support of El-Lilly were able to fully sponsor 2 members of The Nigeria Diabetes Online Community for the pre-congress update course and congress and also through Servier provided accommodation for 4 members of The Nigeria diabetes online community for the period of the congress.
We believe supports like this is important in not just building young researchers but also inspiring more youths into diabetes care and prevention in their respective communities all over africa.
POST GRADUATE COURSE IN RESEARCH METHODS AND SCIENTIFIC WRITING
PROF MBANYA ADMONISHING THE NGDOC TEAM AT THE LILLY DIABETES CONVERSATION MAP STAND
LILLY HOSTED US TO A DINNER
The next Africa diabetes congress will be hosted by Uganda. UGANDA 2016