Diabetes is one of the top four killer non- communicable diseases in the world. The others are cancer, heart disease and chronic lung disease.
In 2015, it was estimated that over 422 million people globally had diabetes; according to the International Diabetes Federation, Sub-Saharan Africa has a high prevalence of diabetes and an estimated two-thirds of the people with diabetes in Africa are undiagnosed.
Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous nation in the world. According to the World Health Organization, 2016, about 4.3million Nigerians are suffering from diabetes, this brings about the need to combat diabetes in Nigeria.
This need topped the discourse at the Lions Club International’s 40th Anniversary Day with the United Nations held in Lagos State recently.
It was against this backdrop and in alignment with its mission statement to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage and promote peace and international understanding that the Lions Club International chose the theme “Working together globally to combat diabetes”.
Lions Day with the UN is an annual event where the club invites leaders from government, business, and non-profit sectors to explore solutions to pressing global needs.
Mr. Edward Kallon, the UNDP Representative in Nigeria stated that the UN deeply values the collaboration with Lions Club International.