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About Us

Tanzania Diabetes Association

 

TDA was formed in 1985 as a result of the awareness that the interests of all people concerned with diabetes are best served by joining together and working as one national association. This will ensure the availability of more resources for diabetes including medicines, equipment, education and mutual support.

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Currently, TDA in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children and other International partners [Novo Nordisk, World Diabetes Foundation (WDF), International Diabetes Federation (IDF), Roche, Tanzania NCD Alliance (TANCDA)] is implementing several projects across the country aiming at building capacity for the national health care system to effectively prevent, detect and manage diabetes and its complications. The National Diabetes Program is one such project that is currently being implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children and the World Diabetes Foundation whose goal is to strengthen the quality of care for people with diabetes and other related non communicable diseases at the secondary to tertiary level of care as well as raising public awareness on diabetes and other life style related non communicable diseases. Other projects which are being implemented through TDA are Changing Diabetes in Children (CdiC) funded by Novo Nordsk, Child Sponsorship Program funded by IDF and a Microfinance Initiative funded through donations from various donors. These programs aim at improving the lives of children with diabetes by establishing a comprehensive system of care for these children which also go hand in hand with the provision of free insulin, blood glucose testing, biochemical tests for lipids, liver and renal profiles as well as other associated consumbles. The microfinance initiative aims to assist the children towards meeting the cost of their future medical care once they graduate from these programs.

 

In addition to implementing these projects, Tanzania Diabetes Association together with other partners both inside and outside the country engages in active research activities aimed at improving the quality of life for people with diabetes and other style related non- communicable diseases thereby contributing directly to the reduction of the burden of morbidity and mortality due to these diaseses