Diabetes in Africa. Challenges to health care for diabetes in Africa

J Cardiovasc Risk. 2003 Apr;10(2):103-10. doi: 10.1097/01.hjr.0000060846.48106.6d.


The aim of this review is to summarize the contextual, clinical and health system challenges to the delivery of health care for diabetes in Africa. Planners need to allocate sufficient resources in a context where resources for health in general are insufficient. Choices need to be made between different options for health care within this context and mechanisms are required to facilitate the implementation of the selected options and ensure that quality of care is maintained.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Africa / epidemiology
  • Blood Glucose / analysis
  • Blood Pressure
  • Delivery of Health Care / methods*
  • Diabetes Complications
  • Diabetes Mellitus / epidemiology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / prevention & control*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / therapy
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / economics
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / supply & distribution
  • Insulin / economics
  • Insulin / supply & distribution
  • Mass Screening / methods
  • Primary Prevention / methods


  • Blood Glucose
  • Hypoglycemic Agents
  • Insulin