Improving screening and management of gestational diabetes in sub Saharan Africa

From November 2008 to April 2012
Project Leader(s): Dr Eugene Sobngwi, Dr Ruth Bell
Sponsors: World Diabetes Foundation
Partners: University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon

The incidence of gestational diabetes (GDM) is unknown in most developing countries while GDM is associated with adverse pregnancy outcome and long term risk of diabetes for the mother and the offspring. The aim of this project is to raise awareness, build capacity, and provide key data on the magnitude and outcome of gestational diabetes in urban and rural Cameroon in order to inform policies and strengthen the National Diabetes Programme.

The project objectives are to develop a valid screening strategy that would be feasible in resource limited settings by comparing all screening tests to oral glucose tolerance test in 1000 women, to perform screening and monitor short term outcomes in 10,000 women, to develop educational and sensitisation material to raise awareness and improve management of GDM. The expected outcomes is the provision of scientific evidence necessary to inform regional GDM policies in high risk and resource-limited settings.


Dr Ruth Bell
Senior Lecturer/Honorary NHS Consultant