CAPE TOWN DECLARATION OF ACTION 2016

CAPE TOWN DECLARATION OF ACTION 2016

Insulin Access for Africa  #insulin4all

People with diabetes are dying in Africa because they cannot afford or access insulin. This is despite nearly 100 years having passed since the discovery of insulin by University of Toronto researchers, who all wished for universal access.[1] Most Africans also do not have the medical supplies, education and monitoring needed to use this life saving medication.

We, the combined voices of Santé Diabète, T1International, WoundPedia, the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course, the delegates of the World Council of Enterostomal Therapy, the Wound Healing Association of Southern Africa, the Pan-African Diabetic Foot Study Group, and the International Interprofessional Wound Care Group gathered together in Cape Town South Africa and resolved that we cannot accept that diabetes has now surpassed malaria, tuberculous and HIV/AIDS as a leading cause of adult death in Africa.[2]

We want everyone with diabetes in Africa to have access to affordable insulin and injection devices.

We demand #insulin4all.

 
 
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[1] Rosenfeld L. Insulin: discovery and controversy. Clin Chem. 2002. www.clinchem.org/content/48/12/2270.full

[2] Besançon S, Doré. M, Salignon .P In Africa, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases kill more than AIDS. Time to take action. 2016. Ideas for development the official blog of the French Development Agency. http://ideas4development.org/en/in-africa-diabetes-and-cardiovascular-diseases-kill-more-than-aids-time-to-take-action/