Formerly called the Kenya Diabetes Association (KDA), the association was first registered in 1972 by the late Dr. Eric Mngola. A change of name and new registration was necessitated in March, 2010 leading to the birth of Diabetes Kenya Association (DK) on 11th March 2010. Diabetes Kenya’s day-to-day affairs are managed by a volunteer team of duly elected National Executive Committee officials.
Pictures and profiles of founding NEC members as well as picture of Ex trustee the late Dr Okanga Diabetes Kenya Association is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, officially registered with the change of name in March 2010, working and lobbying to better the lives of people affected by diabetes.
Diabetes Kenya, the sole national representative body for diabetes in Kenya, is a member of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the umbrella organisation of over 200 national diabetes organizations in over 160 countries. It represents the interests of a growing number of people with diabetes and those at risk.
Our association works closely with the Ministry of Health, global and major local pharmaceutical companies as well as corporate sponsors who have already awoken to the devastating effects of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases; mainly cardiovascular diseases, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases. They have made diabetes education and prevention a major part of their corporate social responsibility programmes.
Diabetes Kenya Association rolls out a yearly calendar of events which involves free blood sugar screening, educational and prevention camps as well as other diabetes related activities to bring to light the diabetes epidemic in our country. Diabetes education is important and accounts for 50% of diabetes treatment.