The worldwide diabetes crisis

30 August 2010

President of the International Diabetes Federation, Professor Jean Claude Mbanya, will present observations of the worldwide explosion in diabetes cases at a free public lecture on Thursday 2 September at the University of Sydney.

Professor Mbanya was instrumental in the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) led Unite for Diabetes campaign which resulted in the UN Resolution on Diabetes in December 2006.

As president, he steers IDF strategic direction to encourage governments to implement policies for the treatment, care and prevention of diabetes and is currently leading the development of a global diabetes plan in preparation for the 2011 UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases.

His practice and research have largely contributed to increase the world's awareness on diabetes in Africa, a continent where the devastating personal and macroeconomic economic impact of non-contagious diseases like diabetes is too often overlooked.

He is a Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon and Consultant Physician, Director of the National Obesity Centre University of Yaounde and Chief of the Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases Unit at the Hospital Central in Yaounde.

The diabetes epidemic is at crisis point and challenges current global health and development approaches and priorities. There is an insidious relationship between diabetes and key development indicators such as poverty and malnutrition; gender inequity and maternal mortality; major infections such as TB and climate change.

Professor Mbanya's lecture will provide insights into these issues and discuss possible solutions for consideration by the 2011 UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases.

The seminar is being hosted by the University of Sydney's Health and Sustainability Unit of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy and is sponsored by the Institute for Sustainable Solutions.

Event details

What: President of the International Diabetes Federation, Professor Jean Claude Mbanya lecture on Diabetes and Sustainable Development: A Global Crisis
When: 5.30 to 7pm, Thursday 2 September
Where: Lecture Theatre 101, New Law Building, Camperdown Campus
Cost: Free
RSVP: Faith Papuni by Wednesday 1 September

Professor Mbanya will be available for interview on Thursday 2 September prior to the seminar.

Media enquiries: Rachel Gleeson, 0403 067 342, 9351 4312,