The Diabetes Alliance is South Africa’s chance to make diabetes a national priority. We are a registered NPO (242-237). The latest stats show that diabetes kills more people in SA than HIV, TB and malaria combined, and yet it’s never front page news. We want to change that.

We are a neutral group of companies, organisations and associations, all working together to help people with diabetes in South Africa.

Being part of the Diabetes Alliance is obligation free: we do not ask our members for money or commitment aside from working towards shared goals. It is only when we stop working in silos that we can create change in South Africa.

Our members include:

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Sweet Life is an inspiring diabetes community for Diabetic South Africans. We are a registered NPO (220-984) with a single focus: to improve diabetes in South Africa. www.sweetlife.org.za

SEMDSA (Society for Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa) is a scientific society open to medical practitioners and allied medical professionals interested in endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes. SEMDSA aims to further the clinical practice; to promote both clinical and scientific research as well as publication and advocacy into all branches of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes. www.semdsa.org.za/

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Diabetes South Africa is a non-profit organization, founded in 1969 to be a support and an advocate for all people with diabetes in South Africa. www.diabetessa.org.za

The SAPH research programme in the HSRC undertakes groundbreaking research on the social determinants, behavioural determinants, and structural determinants of the quadruple burden of disease of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB), maternal and childhood diseases; non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and violence and injuries. It also develops intervention programmes and undertakes implementation science research. http://www.hsrc.ac.za/

The CDE is a National Network of nearly 200 trained health professional teams nurtured in the private health sector since 1994, but with a vision to facilitate better chronic health care for all South Africans. With our unique approach to preventative and wellness-based care, and using the latest evidence and techniques, we have trained and mentored over 10 000 health professionals to put the person with diabetes or cardiovascular risk, at the centre of all we do. www.cdediabetes.co.za

OSSA is the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa. They promote appropriate, high quality, cost effective ophthalmological treatment and care for all their patients. www.ossa.co.za

Group Empowerment and Training (GREAT) for diabetes is a project of the Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care at Stellenbosch University. GREAT is aimed at empowering people with diabetes to understand and self-manage their condition better. Four group sessions cover understanding diabetes, lifestyle change, medication and avoiding complications. Primary care providers have been trained to deliver the programme across the country at primary care facilities.

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Youth With Diabetes (YWD) is a registered nonprofit organisation (NPO 057-954) that empowers kids, teens and young adults living with diabetes to live happy, healthy lives. We empower our members through the use of peer-to-peer education on diabetes camps and also offer teacher training in schools. www.youthwithdiabetes.com

Bete It is a South African non-profit organisation striving to support, advocate and empower Type 1 diabetics as well as creating a platform for awareness and education. For type ones, by type ones. https://www.facebook.com/BeteIt 

PASA is the Podiatry Association of South Africa, which represents podiatrists around the country. Established in 1979, we are the recognised voice of podiatry in South Africa, representing podiatrists in both private practice and the public sector. We are dedicated to promoting awareness of foot health, preventing lower limb injuries and assisting our members. www.podiatrist.co.za

DESSA is the Diabetes Education Society of South Africa. They are the only association in South Africa dedicated to the hundreds of diabetes educators who need representation at government level and other associations related to diabetes. They are recognised by IDF as the representatives of Diabetes Educators in South Africa. www.dessa.org.za

Cabblow Studios

Cabblow Studios (Pty) Ltd is a registered animation and illustration company. We are the first South African
animation studio with a targeted focus on servicing the medical industry. The studio produces original animation content for short films and documentaries, for the medical and pharmaceutical industry. We have created a short animated film on the complications of diabetes called “3 Teaspoons of Sugar©”. Cabblow Studios

Sanofi is dedicated to supporting people through their health challenges. We are a global bio-pharmaceutical company focused on human health. We prevent illness with vaccines, provide innovative treatments to fight pain and ease suffering. We stand by the few who suffer from rare diseases and the millions with long-term chronic conditions. With more than 100,000 people in 100 countries, Sanofi is transforming scientific innovation into healthcare solutions around the globe. www.sanofi.co.za

Abbott creates new solutions that help people live their best lives. www.za.abbott

Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 90 years of innovation in diabetes care. This heritage coupled with our commitment has given us experience and capabilities that also enable us to help turn scientific ideas into medicines that help improve the lives of people with other serious chronic conditions. www.novonordisk.com

BD is a global medical technology company that is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. www.bd.com/en-za

Improving the health and quality of life of humans and animals is the goal of the research-driven pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim. The company concentrates on developing innovative therapies that can extend patients’ lives. www.boehringer-ingelheim.com

Roche Diabetes Care collaborates with caregivers, healthcare providers and payers to optimally manage diabetes and contribute to sustainable care structures. Under the brand Accu-Chek and in collaboration with partners, Roche Diabetes Care establishes a leading open ecosystem for personalised diabetes management and improved therapy outcomes. www.accu-chek.co.za


Medtronic Diabetes is a biomedical engineering company that develops technologies for the treatment of diabetes mellitus, such as sensor-augmented insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. www.medtronicdiabetes.co.za

As a global healthcare leader, Lilly is inspired to make a difference in people’s lives every day – through the discovery of life-changing medicines, better understanding of disease management, and support for people living with illness and their families and friends. www.lillydiabetes.co.za

Guidepost is South Africa’s leading diabetes telemedicine network and has delivered care to more than 20,000 South Africans with diabetes.

Clicks is South Africa’s leading health, beauty, home and wellness retailer, with more than 700 stores, over 540 in-store pharmacies and 200 in-store clinics nationwide. www.clicks.co.za

Dis-Chem has been South Africa’s first choice in pharmacies since 1978, with our linked dispensaries, family clinics, wound-care clinics and comprehensive self-medication centres. As a leading specialist in beauty, healthy food, sport supplements, health and well-being, we offer the widest ranges in these categories and expert advice. www.dischem.co.za

The ICPA (Independent Community Pharmacy Association) puts people’s health and wellbeing first, by putting independent pharmacy at the forefront of healthcare in South Africa. The ICPA Pharmacy Network consists of over 1200 independent pharmacies across South Africa. www.icpa.co.za

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The dynamic WoW! (WesternCape on Wellness) healthy lifestyles partnership programme of Western Cape Government Health is committed to supported self-managed prevention, reduction and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which includes diabetes. WoW! aims to co-create a culture of wellness together!  www.westerncape.gov.za/wow

Our Vision

Diabetes poses an incredible threat to the wellbeing of South Africa. Any healthcare entity, whether in the private or public sector, will agree that a collective effort is required to combat this epidemic: it is a universal threat affecting all races, age groups and genders.

Just like the many political parties in SA, different business entities may have different ‘flavours’ in the way they approach problem solving. However, getting attached to these differences takes away from the universal mandate of taking care of the nation.

South Africa is in dire need of examples of innovative leadership that put aside superficial differences to serve a higher mandate. The screening project that we would like to undertake in November provides an opportunity for such an example: where key players in the healthcare sector come together to support a cause that all agree needs attention. Such a collaborative effort would be an inspirational example in the current quagmire of difference and segregation we find ourselves in. Selfless endeavours bear their own fruit, selfish endeavours result in mayhem.

“South Africa is a microcosm of a new world waiting to be born.”

Nelson Mandela

Perhaps in such small innovative projects, through co-operation rather than competition, united towards a common ideal, we can start changing the narrative in this beautiful country.

Our Constitution

Here is the Diabetes Alliance Constitution, adopted in December 2019.


Would you like to join the Diabetes Alliance? Please fill in the form below – we’d love to work with you.

Alternatively, email Bridget McNulty on hello @ sweetlife.org.za