Celebrate World Diabetes Day 2012 in Mali and Burkina Faso with Santé Diabète

November 14, 2012

In Mali

On November 5, in the run up to World Diabetes Day, the National Television and Radio Mali (ORTM) began announcing the program of events for November 14. It also broadcast prevention messages in the local language, describing the disease’s symptoms, risk factors, complications, and possible preventive attitudes, and encouraging the public at risk to be screened.

The program for World Diabetes Day was presented to the entire Malian media (print, television and radio) at a press conference attended by all members of the national WDD organization including Santé Diabète.

Four landmarks in the district of Bamako (the Cité Administrative, the Tour d'Afrique, the Peace monument, and the Independence monument) were illuminated from November 11 to 13 reproducing the global blue circle symbolizing World Diabetes Day.

On World Diabetes Day (November 14, 2012) in Bamako, after the official opening ceremony and a visit to the Endocrinology Service, free diabetes screening will be dispensed to all attendees and a free test for glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) will be performed on patients with diabetes.

Following the screenings, people with risk factors for diabetes will be given prevention tips while diabetic patients will be directed towards educational sessions.

Following the national launch day for World Diabetes Day on Thursday, November 15 and for several weeks afterwards, a screening campaign will be rolled out together with local patients associations in 20 health centers in different regions of Mali: Mopti Region (Mopti), Kayes (Nioro Sahel and Kayes), Sikasso (Bougouni, Sikasso, Kadiolo Yorosso, Koutiala, and Sélingué Kolondieba), Ségou region (Bla, Markala and Ségou), and Bamako (communes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and Mutec center).

In Burkina Faso

On November 14, a day of information and public awareness-raising will be organized in 11 regions of Burkina Faso involved in the Santé Diabète project. To prepare the public for these events, national television and radio have broadcast information about the risk factors and complications of diabetes.

On WDD, the public will be able to attend animations and talk with nursing staff about this issue, and will be given a free screening for diabetes and hypertension.