Diabetes remains a leading non-communicable disease worldwide. It is indeed a scourge that inflicts untold suffering and death to its harmless victims. It is a leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage and medical amputations. A sufferer stands a higher risk of dying from heart and brain attacks. More frightening is the fact that the incidence of diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate, such that it is feared that about 350 million people will be affected by the condition in 2025, especially in the developing countries of the world such as ours! Diabetes affects both the young and the old, although more adults are affected than younger people.
The SIDCAIN project is designed to improve the overall diabetes (and hypertension) care thereby preventing or delaying the onset of complications. The overall objective is prevention of diabetes (and hypertension) at two levels: primary and secondary healthcare levels.
We are a Research Group based in the Department of Medicine of three tertiary institutions in the southwest of Nigeria, namely Olabisi Onabanjo University, University College Hospital Ibadan and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. The SIDCAIN project commenced in Ogun State (WDF Project 08-321) on November 1st, 2008. Recently, approval was sought for and received to carry out similar project in Oyo State (WDF Project 10-515) to commence in October, 2010. The research group is involved in conducting researches into diabetes and hypertension, as well as running projects aimed at improving the care of people living with diabetes and hypertension in our community. Our main sponsor is the World Diabetes Foundation based in Denmark (World Diabetes Foundation, Lottenborgvej 24, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby Denmark).