Welcome to Diabetes South Africa (DSA)

Diabetes South Africa is a non-profit organisation, public benefit organisation, founded in 1969 to be a support and an advocate for all people with diabetes in South Africa. 

Our Vision: The Association is committed to reducing the impact of diabetes through support, education and information.

Our Mission Statement:

  • Empowering all those affected by Diabetes through support, education and information.
  • Providing awareness to all and highlighting risk factors associated with diabetes and promoting healthy lifestyles.


Diabetes Focus is the quarterly eMag of Diabetes SA published by Word for Word Media. Its aim is to inform, encourage and motivate people to lead a long and healthy life. The readers of Diabetes Focus seek out the articles that improve their lifestyle choices and assist in the management of the risk factors, signs, symptoms and prevention of diabetes.
The magazine is distributed through online channels including membership through Diabetes SA’s network of 7 branches and 70 support groups and other related NGO’s through links and social media.
Diabetes Focus offers you the ideal platform to advertise your products or services to specific niche with a well established loyal following. Diabetes is a manageable but chronic disease, and the magazine offers you the perfect opportunity to build loyalty and retain customers for life.
We look forward to another four insightful and educating issues in 2017 and hope that you will enjoy reading them!

Here’s to a healthy 2017!!

The Publishing Team at Word for Word Media


Being diagnosed with diabetes ranks as a significant stress event. After the initial shock, most people will adjust to taking new medications and try to follow a healthier lifestyle. Doctors are usually aware that their patients are stressed out about their recent diagnosis and try to reassure them. It is possible, in doing so, they downplay the serious nature of diabetes. They may be losing a window of opportunity to educate patients about diabetes and, particularly, about the nature of diabetes as a progressive condition. Read more… 

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Because diabetes is on the rise – there there are approximately 3,5 million people with diabetes in South Africa and more than 14 million in Sub-Saharan Africa – Howza feels a lot more could be done. AllLife Insurance company has made a real impression on the Kwaito star. “They’re on the ball in assisting people living with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes…there aren’t many insurance companies that offer the support they do, so maybe if we got more companies like them, the current diabetes epidemic in South Africa could be improved,” he stated. Read more…