The rising health burden of undiagnosed diabetes

Category: Best visualization (small and large newsrooms)

Country/area: Kenya

Organisation: Mediamax Network Ltd

Organisation size: Small

Publication date: 18/11/2019

Credit: Nduta Waweru, Virginia Wambui and Sandra Wekesa

Project description:

Undiagnosed diabetes is common in Kenya, and often usually leads to serious health complications. Untreated type 2 diabetes can go unnoticed for a long time considering that mild to moderate blood sugar levels often don’t have any symptoms.In the report released by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) on World Diabetes Day on Nov 14, 38 million more adults are living with diabetes, compared to 2017 and global prevalence has reached 9.3 per cent, with more than half of adults undiagnosed.

Impact reached:

As one of the top causes of morbidity globally, highlighting on this condition that accounts for 8,000 deaths in Kenya as at 2019, causing concerns over increasing number of untreated patients and related medical costs is timely for the readers

Techniques/technologies used:


Creative Suite

Microsoft Excel

Google Sheets



What was the hardest part of this project?

Embracing data visualisation is a not an easy thing especially to editors. But with parsistence and practical know-how has made it possible.


What can others learn from this project?

Data Journalism is evolving and newsroom have no choice but to embrace it. Data visualisation aid render stories for easy read.

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