Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (MAT) -INSULINS FREE OF CHARGE IN CÔTE D’IVOIRE. In Côte d’Ivoire insulins are offered free of charge in all diabetes care units for children up to the age of 18, said Dr Adouéni, coordinator of the National Program for the Control of Metabolic Diseases (MRFN) Valéry, at a press conference organized Monday by Sanofi, a structure working to make life a health journey, Azalai Hotel Abidjan.
Dr. Adouéni also brought to the attention of the media, the launch of two projects to fight against the pathology namely “Diagest” and “Preva-diabetes”. The first will be to improve the diagnosis and management of gestational diabetes and the second to the prevalence of the disease and its risk factors.
Twenty teams will be deployed from Friday in the health regions of the country and 3 690 households drawn will be visited. A questionnaire and a biological sample will be administered to them to have updated data on the prevalence of diabetes and arterial hypertension in three months.
According to a study dating from 1979 and conducted by Grenoble, Dr Zimrou Denis, the prevalence rate of diabetes in Côte d’Ivoire is 5.7%. In sub-Saharan Africa, estimates predict near-exponential growth from 19.8 million in 2013 to 41.5 million in 2013.