DIABETES is an escalating health crisis in both developed and developing countries. Diabetes-induced illnesses and death are a major concern, with 4.6 million people dying globally each year. The international diabetes Federation (IDF)  estimated that 366 million individuals worldwide currently suffer from diabetes, and predictions indicates that this number will surge to 522 million by 2030.

The African continent faces similar challenges, with 14.7 million diabetic cases being reported in sub-Saharan Africa and this is following a rapid upward trajectory.

Furthermore, the IDF forecasts a doubling in the prevalence of diabetes in Africa between 2011 and 2030.