Since 2016, the city of Johannesburg and the Cities Changing Diabetes
programme have helped mobilise academic partners and experienced,
retired nurses to conduct research and map the extent of the diabetes
burden as well as its comorbidities, such as obesity, high blood
pressure, and dyslipidaemia in the public health sector.
Most recently, the Cities Changing Diabetes partners conducted new
research at six clinics in Johannesburg to investigate the risk
factors making people vulnerable to diabetes as part of the Urban
Diabetes Risk Assessment. Cities Changing Diabetes in Johannesburg
will use the research results to create engaging materials, engage
with city officials, and spread awareness about obesity, diabetes and
healthy lifestyles via social media.
A youth-driven youth initiative
Since 2017, the
Johannesburg Junior City Council, a Cities Changing Diabetes
Johannesburg partner, has been running a school-based diabetes
education and awareness campaign. The initiative has reached almost
3,000 children and consists of a one-time performance about diabetes.
During the presentation, children are given examples of healthy meals
and physical activities and are encouraged to share the information
with their families and friends.
"The Cities Changing Diabetes research findings are a key
component in the fight against diabetes, as they will largely inform
all efforts aimed at decreasing the burden of non-communicable or
chronic diseases caused by poor lifestyle choices in the city of Johannesburg."
— Cllr Mpho Phalatse, Executive Mayor in the City of Johannesburg
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