IDF estimates that every 20 seconds there is a person who loses a limb due to diabetes. Now the Federation has launched a new initiative, with various stakeholders, aimed at improving the health care of the feet for people with diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa. The Diabetes Africa Foot Initiative (DAFI) develop a sustainable program for controlling the foot. Dr. Evariste Bouenizabila and Dr. Silver Bahendeka, Co-Presidents of the project and a voluntary foot dr provide a more detailed profile of DAFI.

Complications growing
region of Africa is experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of people with diabetes. Above all levels have increased undiagnosed and IDF estimates that up to 80% of people with diabetes in the region remain undiagnosed.

The DAFI program will strive to reduce the rate of amputations of lower limbs across sub-Saharan Africa.

Unfortunately, the increase in diabetes is accompanied by increased threatening complications of diabetes such as diabetic foot. Despite current efforts to reduce the number of people affected, reducing foot complications it was small.

A vision for sustainable foot care

The DAFI program will strive to reduce the rate of amputations of lower limbs across sub-Saharan Africa. Finally, we hope to develop a risk stratification model complete, sustainable and economic standing, combined with a strategy of early intervention.

The responses to the project so far have been positive and we expect to continue throughout the region.

Take into account the language and culture
DAFI recognizes the cultural and socioeconomic diversity of the African region and is designed to accommodate other projects existing foot care in the region, without duplication.

The selection of countries was based on the countries that wanted to collaborate with IDF and its partners, but more importantly, in those centers had local champions in diabetic foot management. Ten countries in total, divided evenly between anglophone and francophone have been selected.

Some of the other criteria were to be associated with a member association of IDF, be a clinic established diabetes, have the support of the Ministry of Health and have the ability to engage the local community in a program of diabetes care. More countries will be added to the project when they have mastered the tools and have reached the training objectives.

DAFI is a multi-stakeholder initiative led by IDF. Some of the project partners are: IDF African Region, University of Johannesburg, Senghor University, Université Numérique Francophone Mondial and Sanofi Diabetes

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