Raising Diabetes Awareness

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 422 million people worldwide have diabetes in 2014, a growing world epidemic that is expected to affect over 642 million by 2040. Diabetes is on the rise. No longer a disease of predominantly rich nations, the prevalence of diabetes is steadily increasing everywhere, most markedly in Africa. WHO reported that there were 38 millions deaths due to diabetes in 2012.  This represents 68% of all deaths worldwide with a projection of 44 millions deaths by 2030. The greatest increase are expected to come from Africa. For instance, the incidence of the diabetes in Nigeria increased 0.4% in 1971 to 2.2% in 1992 and to 3.9% by 2010. The incidence in other African countries such as Uganda, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa is similar to what is obtainable in Nigeria. Diabetes can lead to many complications, including heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, leg amputation, and nerve damage. In pregnancy, poorly controlled diabetes increases the risk of fetal death and other complications.

Boas Foundation Diabetes Awareness Programme

With these alarming statistics and concerns in mind, Boas Foundation taken action through its Operation Stop Diabetes Awareness programme.  The project is intended to reach communities throughout Africa by creating awareness, prevent diabetes, research and ensure that all people with diabetes get the best care, treatment, and information about how to manage their diabetes. Our strategic campaign hopes to encourage people who are at the risk of developing the disease to take appropriate actions. Activities during the campaign include:

1. Screening for risk factors of diabetes 
2. Measurement of Body Mass Index 
3. Free blood glucose and blood pressure check
4. Distribution of educational materials.

How Can I Get Involved to Stop Diabetes?

Boas Foundation works with volunteers and partners across the world to promote diabetes education and awareness in Africa throughout the year. 

1.   Fill this form to express your intention to be part of our awareness team. 

2.   Share this page with all your friends.

3.   Support the awareness programme by your donation.