About Diabetes South Africa
DSA is a member of the International Diabetes Federation and was founded in 1969 to support and advocate for all South Africans with diabetes. DSA has a national office in Johannesburg and eight branches primarily run by volunteers and members. Branches have a strong network through linkages with more than 100 smaller diabetes groups and support groups in South Africa. The primary work of DSA includes:
- Informing, encouraging and supporting all people who have diabetes and their families.
- Acting as an advocate for people with diabetes, lobbying for better facilities and services and affordable medication.
- Promoting public awareness of diabetes, its symptoms and risks through diabetes screening and promotion of healthy lifestyle.
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Health Trends in South Africa. South Africa has a population of 51.7 million (0.7% of the world's population)1, with an urban population of 62%3 The GDP per capita is $7352 with a GDP growth of 2.5%2. Unemployment is 29.8%1. South Africans have a life expectancy of 55 years, and 8.7% of the GDP is spent on healthcare2.
In 2007, South Africa had 17% of the global burden of HIV infection, and one of the world's worst tuberculosis epidemics.4 The 2013 annual death report confirmed the trend that fewer South Africans have been dying of HIV/AIDS-related diseases, however, more are dying of noncommunicable disease such as diabetes5 A documented 3.5 million suffer from diabetes and many more are undiagnosed… another 5 million have pre-diabetes6.