Diabetes Association of Botswana is a non-profit organisation which was registered in Botswana in 2001 and officially launched in 2004. Since its inception, Diabetes Association of Botswana has been in diabetes advocacy, education and public health campaigns throughout Botswana.
Their main mission is to provide diabetes education, support and care in Botswana.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders in Botswana, their annual activities include the commemorating World Diabetes Day, fund raising activities, diabetes youth camp and bi-monthly support group meetings. They also assist other organisations/companies to carry out staff wellness events. They have the action committee, which is a sub-committee of volunteers who do the fund-raising and assist with the execution of above-mentioned events. They provide the medical devices like glucose monitoring equipment and recipe books.
Publications & Newsletters
The Diabetes Association of Botswana publishes quarterly newsletters mainly geared in content toward diabetic patients and their carers. Ms Joy Crosbie currently serves as the Editor of the Newsletter. In addition to the quarterly newsletter, the Diabetes Association of Botswana has a facebook webpage which is up dated on a regular basis.
Message from the President
Dr Dipesalema Joel "My dear friends and colleagues, it is a great honour and privilege for me to communicate with you in the year 2014. It is set to be yet another year which we will continue our effort to tackle the increasing diabetic pandemic. Diabetes as a non-communicable disease in developing countries like Botswana is reaching epidemic levels hence a need to scale up on public awareness, prevention and treatment. The association still remains one of the few main forces engaged in addressing these challenges. There is a lot of potential and willingness within the association to make a big difference as evidenced by a few aforementioned efforts. I, therefore, appeal to you my fellow colleagues and friends not to lose hope that one-day diabetes will be a thing of the past. Never overlook your efforts, no matter how small they are to teach your fellows citizens about diabetes care and prevention. Feel free to use all avenues available to spread the word, may it be the radio, television or the newspaper. All in all my dear friends, let keep the fire burning and fight against the increasing prevalence of diabetes in the world. Have a fulfilled and productive 2014."