The challenges of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are exacerbated in South Africa by an
overstretched health care system largely oriented toward infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, malaria and
tuberculosis. In fact, South Africa has one of the world's highest obesity rates, and a rising burden of type 2
diabetes. There are signs of hope, though. For instance, the government is implementing a national plan for the
prevention, control and monitoring of NCDs, including a goal to increase the number of people controlled for
diabetes and hypertension by 30 percent by the year 2020.
Lilly Global Health’s Belinda Bhoodoo talks with Channel Africa, a radio station covering sub-Saharan Africa, about NCDs in the audio clip below. She shares how the Lilly NCD Partnership, which sponsors the HOPE Clinic for the impoverished residents of Zandspruit, an informal settlement on the outskirts of Johannesburg, has been working for some years to support people's needs and the government’s goals.
Learn more by clicking on the "play" button above and listening to the interview.