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 22.02 2017
2 Egypt 17.31 2017
3 Sudan 15.67 2017
4 Comoros 11.88 2017
5 Seychelles 10.55 2017
6 Libya 10.43 2017
7 Tunisia 8.52 2017
8 Equatorial Guinea 7.78 2017
9 Ethiopia 7.47 2017
10 Gabon 7.20 2017
10 Congo 7.20 2017
10 Cameroon 7.20 2017
13 Morocco 7.14 2017
14 Algeria 6.73 2017
15 Togo 6.15 2017
16 Chad 6.10 2017
16 Dem. Rep. Congo 6.10 2017
16 Central African Republic 6.10 2017
19 Burundi 6.05 2017
19 Djibouti 6.05 2017
19 Eritrea 6.05 2017
19 Somalia 6.05 2017
23 Tanzania 5.75 2017
24 South Africa 5.52 2017
25 Ghana 4.97 2017
26 Botswana 4.81 2017
27 Rwanda 4.28 2017
28 Zambia 3.94 2017
28 Swaziland 3.94 2017
28 Angola 3.94 2017
28 Lesotho 3.94 2017
28 Madagascar 3.94 2017
28 Malawi 3.94 2017
28 Namibia 3.94 2017
35 Mozambique 3.30 2017
36 Kenya 2.92 2017
37 Uganda 2.50 2017
38 Guinea-Bissau 2.42 2017
38 Senegal 2.42 2017
38 Sierra Leone 2.42 2017
38 São Tomé and Principe 2.42 2017
38 Liberia 2.42 2017
38 Guinea 2.42 2017
38 Mauritania 2.42 2017
38 Mali 2.42 2017
38 Niger 2.42 2017
38 Nigeria 2.42 2017
38 Burkina Faso 2.42 2017
38 Côte d'Ivoire 2.42 2017
38 Cabo Verde 2.42 2017
51 The Gambia 1.91 2017
52 Zimbabwe 1.82 2017
53 Benin 0.99 2017

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Development Relevance: 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.

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.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual