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The Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi together with MEC of Health, KZN, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo will be commemorating World Health Day in Chatsworth, Durban. This year’s focus will be on the prevention and management of Diabetes.

The South African World Health Day event is in partnership with The World Health Organisation, South African NCD Alliance, Diabetes South Africa, Independent Pharmaceutical Association and Bongi Ngema Zuma’s Diabetes Foundation.

The International Diabetes Federation estimates the prevalence of Diabetes in ages 20-79 years in South Africa to be approximately 7%, with a total of over 2,2 million people living with the disease. The proportions of people with diabetes have been growing steadily over the years.

This growing prevalence of diabetes (and other non-communicable diseases) is closely linked to rapid cultural and social changes, ageing populations, increasing urbanisation, unhealthy eating and reduced physical activity.

This key event will encompass a variety of activities happening concurrently with health dignitaries taking part in community walks, home visits, press interviews as well as community dialogues.

Media is invited as follows:

Date: 07 April 2016

Time: 09:00 – 15:30

Venue: eThekwini, Shallcross Stadium in Chatsworth

RSVPs: Please contact Tlou Tlhako on: tlout@health.gov.za

Phone: 012 395 8477 or 071 382 7425

By Tuesday 05 April 2016

As always, there will be an opportunity for one-on-one interview with the Minister as well as principles from the above-mentioned partners.

For any further enquiries:

Joe Maila

Ministry of Health: Spokesperson

Mobile: 082 887 3581

Email: mailaj@health.gov.za