On World Diabetes Day, South Africans do not have much to celebrate. With 10,000 new diabetes cases diagnosed every month, we are drowning in sugar – one of the most accessible, affordable and addictive of foods. This is Melanie’s story of losing her leg to diabetes, narrated by Dr Luvhengo, the Head of Surgery at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital. This, he says, is a health crisis worse than the HIV epidemic.
In this video, we hear from a dietician who explains why South Africa’s youth are rapidly packing on the kilograms.
This video follows the story of Sinethemba Kuse, a 17-year-old students living with XDR-TB in Khayelitsha.