80% of the world’s diabetic retinopathy patients live in developing countries.

Many people suffering from diabetes develop an eye disease called diabetic retinopathy, which can distort vision or lead to blindness.
The image below gives an idea of how a diabetic retinopathy patient sees :

Four out of every five people suffering from diabetic retinopathy live in developing countries.

The threat of complications linked to diabetes is far greater in developing countries.

Les personnes atteintes de diabète dans les pays en développement sont davantage menacées par les complications liées à cette condition.

Good management of blood sugar and fat levels as well as arterial tension reduces the risk of contracting retinopathy. Various social determinants of health – such as poverty, malnutrition and limited access to healthcare and medicines – can go some way to explaining the increase in the prevalence of retinopathy in low- and medium-income countries.


The most recent meetings centering on diabetic retinopathy reconfirmed the enormous challenge ahead of us to deal with the burden of cisual impairment and blindness caused by diabetes in the future.

Diabetes prevalence will increase from 382 million people today to 592 million people in 2035. In this period Africa will experience a 109% increase in people with diabetes and South East Asia a 71% increase.

These two regions combined account for less than 1% of global health expenditure on diabetes. By 2035, three million eyes will need to be evaluated every day – that’s 35 eye exams per second.
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Source : Internnational Diabetes Federation.->http://www.idf.org/diabetesatlas]. Data from 2013.

The OPC currently has active diabetic retinopathy projects in both Guinea and Mali.

To find out more about diabetic retinopathy around the world and in France, click HERE.