Stéphane Besançon is a biologist and nutritionist with specialised degrees in nutritional physiopathology and international development. He founded the international NGO Santé Diabète, became the Programme Director in 2003 and the CEO in 2009. ONG Santé Diabète (SD) has set up numerous pilot schemes for the prevention and management of diabetes in Africa. Besancon’s work on health systems, chronic diseases, nutrition and diabetes in Africa has featured in many publications. Together with Dr. Kaushik Ramaiya (vice president of the IDF) he has published a book entitled "Diabetes Africa" - devoted to the problematic of diabetes in Africa. He has also lent his expertise to a large number of reports for governments and international organisations. Since 2015, he leads a weekly nutrition chronic on Radio France Internationale (RFI) in the broadcast "Priorité Santé" and a twitter account about nutrition but also of diabetes in Africa issues.@StephBesancon.
3 published articles
Rethinking nutritional policies in developing countries taking into account the double burden of malnutrition
In developing countries, in addition to the continuing problem of undernutrition, there are now major issues linked to overnutrition and associated illnesses. Nutritional policies must take into account this double burden of malnutrition.
On 11 January 1922, Leonard Thompson, a young 14 year-old diabetic, was the first patient in history to be injected with insulin to treat his type 1 diabetes. While this discovery will soon be celebrating its 100th anniversary, the hope it has generated is proving slow in materializing in a...
5.7% of the adult population in Africa is now affected by diabetes. This disease causes 5.1 million deaths around the world, i.e. 6.8% of annual global mortality. The international community needs to take urgent action.