24 November 2010

Ngema-Zuma speaks up for diabetes

Gloria Bongi Ngema-Zuma, fiancée of President Jacob Zuma, has formed the Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation to raise diabetes awareness and help people take control of the disease.

The fight against diabetes has been intensified with the recently formed Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation teaming up with Winterveldt Mercy Clinic, north of Pretoria, to aggressively drive awareness about the disease. 

The Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation was recently formed by Gloria Bongi Ngema-Zuma, fiancée of President Jacob Zuma, to raise awareness and help people take control of diabetes. 

In an event to mark World Diabetes Day, the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, and Bongi Ngema-Zuma led a four-kilometre Fun Walk through the streets of Winterveldt, and were joined by hundreds of community members to raise awareness about diabetes

The World Diabetes Day is observed annually on November 14th worldwide. Held at Mercy Centre Clinic, this event also kicked off the Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation’s ambitious programme to drive broader awareness about diabetes, its symptoms, treatment and management.

'Let's fight this killer head on'

In addition to the Fun Walk, the event included such activities as screening and testing for diabetes and other associated diseases, provision of information booklets on diabetes, its treatment and care. 

Third leading cause of deaths in SA

There are approximately 1.5 million South Africans living with diabetes and a further 4 million people in the country are at high risk of developing diabetes.  An estimated 360 million people worldwide live with diabetes, according to the International Diabetes Federation


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