National stakeholders meeting will focus on sharing experiences and meeting global NCD and diabetes targets.


Nigerian government, civil society and healthcare experts are coming together this week to address a growing threat to the country’s economy and the health and well-being of its citizens: diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

From 23-24 August, more than 100 delegates will gather in Abuja for Diabetes and NCDs in Nigeria – Perspectives, Challenges and the Way Forward. The meeting is organised by Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Strategies for Improving Diabetes Care in Nigeria (SIDCAIN), and the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF), which is based in Denmark.

Today about 415 million people have diabetes, and more than 14 million of them live in sub-Saharan Africa; by 2040 these figures will more than double. There were more than 1.56 million cases of diabetes in Nigeria in 2015, according to the International Diabetes Federation.

”Diabetes is one of the major public health and development challenges of the 21st century,” says Dr Nnenna Ezeigwe, Director for Non-Communicable Diseases in Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health. ”By bringing so many key partners together, we hope to foster more cooperation and synergies between the people and projects fighting diabetes and other NCDs in Nigeria.” 

Day 1 of the meeting will focus on sharing experiences among WDF’s past and present project partners in Nigeria. The World Diabetes Foundation has been funding projects to improve diabetes prevention, awareness and care in Nigeria since 2008.

”We hope that this meeting encourages even more networking and action between WDF Project partners and relevant stakeholders from all sectors in Nigeria,” says Dr Anders Dejgaard, Managing Director of the World Diabetes Foundation.

Day 2 will focus on the status of NCD care in Nigeria, and on strategies for realising the goals of Nigeria’s National Strategic Plan of Action on Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases.  The National Council on Health approved the plan, which outlines roles, objectives and an implementation framework for meeting global NCD and diabetes targets, in 2014. It is currently being reviewed to be more responsive to national aspirations and better aligned to the National Strategic Health development Plan (NSHDP) as well as the SDGs.

”For the past 9 years, SIDCAIN has been raising awareness amongst major stakeholders on the need to improve NCD and especially diabetes care in Nigeria,” says Prof. Alebiosu Christopher Olutayo, SIDCAIN Principal Investigator. ”We look forward to this opportunity to showcase our work and its impact, and to support the efforts of state and federal authorities and others across Nigeria who are working to improve diabetes care in our country.”


The Federal Ministry of Health is concerned with the formulation and implementation of policies related to health. The vision of FMOH is a world-class government institution that ensures a healthy Nigeria.

To this end, its mission is to develop and implement policies that strengthen the national system for effective, efficient, accessible and affordable delivery of health service in partnership with other stakeholders.

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The SIDCAIN Group’s overall aim and objective is prevention of diabetes (and hypertension) at two levels: primary and secondary healthcare levels. The group also promote improved diabetes (and hypertension) care in our hospitals, thereby preventing or delaying the onset of complications.

SIDCAIN is made up of medical professionals cum researchers based in the Departments of Medicine of six tertiary health and educational institutions in the southwest of Nigeria, namely Osun State University, Olabisi Onabanjo University, University of Ibadan and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Others are Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta and Ekiti State University.

Our vision is to prevent non-communicable diseases, particularly diabetes and hypertension and their attendant complications, through education and screening at both primary and secondary

healthcare levels. Our mission is to improve the overall diabetes and hypertension care in Nigeria thus preventing or delaying onset of complications.

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The World Diabetes Foundation is an independent trust dedicated to the prevention and treatment of diabetes in the developing world. Its aim is to alleviate human suffering related to diabetes and its complications among those least able to withstand the burden of the disease. The Foundation supports sustainable partnerships and acts as a catalyst to help others do more.


From 2002 to March 2017, the World Diabetes Foundation provided 130 million USD in funding to 511 partnership projects in 115 countries, focusing on awareness, education and capacity

building at the local, regional and global level. For every dollar spent, the Foundation is able to raise approximately 2 dollars in cash or as in-kind donations from other sources.


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For more information please contact:

Dr. Alayo Sopekan, FMoH

Phone:                  +234-802 437 4445


Dr William Balogun, SIDCAIN

Phone:         +234-803 377 6720


Ms Gwendolyn Carleton, WDF

Phone:                  + 45 30 79 43 09