Africa has the highest proportion of undiagnosed diabetes which is about 78 per cent, this is according to a study by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) published in the World Diabetes Atlas. It said Sub-Saharan Africa has more than 15 million of the 371 million people living with diabetes in the world.
IDF says an estimated 344,000 deaths in the region could be attributed to diabetes, which represents 6.1 per cent of deaths from all causes.
The study revealed that investment, research, and health systems are slow to respond to this burden and remain focused primarily on infectious diseases. It said the region accounts for less than 1 per cent of global healthcare expenditures due to diabetes.
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