The prevalence of non-communicable diseases in South Africa (SA)
is increasing. Alarmingly, SA is one of the nations with the most
obese people in the world. The incidence of gestational diabetes
mellitus (GDM) is similarly increasing. However, while healthcare
policies focus on communicable and non-communicable diseases,
advocacy for screening, immediate and long-term management and
follow-up of GDM are lacking.