Diabetes prevalence (% of population ages 20 to 79) - Country Ranking - Africa

Definition: Diabetes prevalence refers to the percentage of people ages 20-79 who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

Source: International Diabetes Federation, Diabetes Atlas.

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Mauritius 22.30 2015
2 Seychelles 17.40 2015
3 Egypt 16.70 2015
4 Libya 10.40 2015
5 Comoros 9.90 2015
6 Tunisia 9.60 2015
7 Sudan 8.90 2015
8 Djibouti 8.40 2015
9 Morocco 8.10 2015
10 Gabon 7.80 2015
11 Equatorial Guinea 7.70 2015
12 South Africa 7.60 2015
13 Algeria 7.50 2015
14 Congo 6.90 2015
15 Cameroon 6.50 2015
16 Dem. Rep. Congo 6.40 2015
17 Central African Republic 6.30 2015
18 Chad 5.70 2015
19 Botswana 5.60 2015
20 Somalia 5.10 2015
21 Togo 4.80 2015
22 Namibia 4.20 2015
23 Angola 4.10 2015
23 Rwanda 4.10 2015
23 Zambia 4.10 2015
23 Tanzania 4.10 2015
27 Madagascar 4.00 2015
28 Lesotho 3.90 2015
28 Zimbabwe 3.90 2015
30 Swaziland 3.80 2015
31 Eritrea 3.60 2015
31 Malawi 3.60 2015
33 Ethiopia 3.40 2015
34 Uganda 3.10 2015
35 Burundi 2.70 2015
36 Mozambique 2.60 2015
37 Kenya 2.40 2015
38 Liberia 2.30 2015
38 Mauritania 2.30 2015
38 Nigeria 2.30 2015
38 Côte d'Ivoire 2.30 2015
38 Cabo Verde 2.30 2015
38 Ghana 2.30 2015
38 São Tomé and Principe 2.30 2015
45 Senegal 2.20 2015
45 Sierra Leone 2.20 2015
45 Guinea 2.20 2015
45 Burkina Faso 2.20 2015
45 Guinea-Bissau 2.20 2015
45 Niger 2.20 2015
45 Mali 2.20 2015
52 The Gambia 2.00 2015
53 Benin 0.80 2015

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Limitations and Exceptions: The limited availability of data on health status is a major constraint in assessing the health situation in developing countries. Surveillance data are lacking for many major public health concerns. Estimates of prevalence and incidence are available for some diseases but are often unreliable and incomplete. National health authorities differ widely in capacity and willingness to collect or report information.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Diabetes, an important cause of ill health and a risk factor for other diseases in developed countries, is spreading rapidly in developing countries. Highest among the elderly, prevalence rates are rising among younger and productive populations in developing countries. Economic development has led to the spread of Western lifestyles and diet to developing countries, resulting in a substantial increase in diabetes. Without effective prevention and control programs, diabetes will likely continue to increase. Data are estimated based on sample surveys.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual