One out of 13 Moroccans Suffers from Diabetes

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Doctors and medical experts discussed metabolic disease’s prevalence in Morocco at the Global Premix Summit in Rabat on March 18.The Premix summit, already hosted before in Marrakech and Casablanca, brought together more than 250 doctors, endocrinologists, diabetologists and internists from Africa. ”Morocco is one of the most affected African countries, with an estimated prevalence rate of 7,7 percent, corresponding to a population of nearly 1,671,400,” said a press release issued by the Summit.Affected people are mostly aged between 20 and 79 years.According to an International Diabetes Federation (IDF) report, 41.2 percent of Moroccan patients are undiagnosed (688.200 person).According to the IDF, diabetes kills over 9,500 adults per year.Abdelmjid Chraibi, a professor of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases and the dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Agadir, called for a new model for the follow-up of diabetic patients, especially those of type2.He explained that “patients are often passive in the fact of the different aspects of the therapeutic strategy proposed by their doctors, without making efforts to adopt a participatory and responsible behavior in taking burden of diabetes.”“Patients must understand that the most important aspect of their care can be achieved by themselves,” He added.Financial assessments of care costs associated with the management of diabetes is a clear obstacle to the achievement of the new sustainable development objectives (SDGS), especially since the link between chronic disease and economic growth been now been demonstrated.According to the Global Premix Summit report, the burden of noncommunicable diseases will globally increase by 17 percent in the next ten years, and specifically by 27 percent in the African region, which in 2030 will make it the world’s leading cause of disability. read more

Woman who spent £16 million in Harrods is wife of Azerbaijani banker

Zamira Hajiyeva is subject to the first unexplained wealth order Zamira Hajiyeva is subject to the first unexplained wealth orderCredit:east2west news Documents lodged at the High Court stated: “The NCA’s enquiries have not identified evidence which otherwise suggests (contrary to Home Office records) that R1 [Mrs Hajiyev] has been a succcessful businesswoman or entreoreneur in her own right or that she has received significant income from other sources.”The document went on: “There are no grounds to suspect that any income originating from Mr Hajiyev was not lawfully obtained.”Details of her lavish spending habits, which were laid bare in the court process, revealed that she had spent £16.3 million at Harrods between 2006 and 2016.NCA investigators claimed she had used 35 different credit cards issued by her husband’s bank to fund shopping sprees and on one occasion had spent £150,000 on jewellery. In a statement they said: “The decision of the High Court upholding the grant of an Unexplained Wealth Order against Zamira Hajiyeva does not and should not be taken to imply any wrongdoing, whether on her part or that of her husband.”The NCA’s case is that the UWO is part of an investigative process, not a criminal procedure, and it does not involve the finding of any criminal offence.”Donald Toon, the director for economic crime at the NCA, said: “The NCA fully supports an open and transparent justice system that helps demonstrate our determination to ensure that the UK is not seen as a soft target for the investment of illicit finance.”Where we cannot determine a legitimate source for the funds used to purchase assets and prime property it is absolutely right that we ask probing questions to uncover their origin.“Unexplained wealth orders have the potential to significantly reduce the appeal of the UK as a destination for illicit income. Zamira Hajiyeva spent £16 million in HarrodsCredit:Moritz Wolf The woman at the centre of a McMafia style financial investigation, who spent more than £16 million at Harrods, can be revealed as Zamira Hajiyeva – the wife of a jailed Azerbaijani banker.The 55-year-old, who has lived in Knightsbridge, London, for more than a decade, is the subject of the UK’s first unexplained wealth order (UWO), amid allegations that she used stolen money to fund her lavish lifestyle.As well as spending more than £16 million in the Harrods department store over a ten year period, Mrs Hajiyeva owns a five bedroom house worth £15 million and also bought the Mill Ride golf and country club in Ascot for £10.5 million.Her husband, Jahangir Hajiyev, is the former chairman of the state-owned International Bank of Azerbaijan, who was sentenced to 15 years in jail in 2016 for defrauding the bank out £2.2billion.Her identity had been shrouded in mystery after the courts agreed to protect her anonymity throughout the UWO process.But following a challenge by the Telegraph and other media organisations, the Court of Appeal agreed to lift the cloak of secrecy.The National Crime Agency alleges that Mrs Hajiyev used fraudulent funds to purchase her home which is just a short walk from the famous Harrods department store. But her lawyers have argued that her husband was a legitimate businessman, whose wealth was the result of a number of shrewd business deals.They also argued that she could not be described as a “politically exposed person”, as required by the UWO, and that her husband’s role had been misrepresented. Official records also revealed Mrs Hajiyev owned two dedicated bays within the private Harrods car park.The court also heard that Mrs Hajiyeva owned a £35 million private jet and a wine cellar stocked with some of the world’s most expensive vintages.She had made an unsuccessful application to discharge the UWO, but her lawyers are appealing that judgment.Mr Justice Supperstone has ordered that Hajiyeva must comply with the UWO and explain how she came upon the funds used to fund the property purchases. Zamira Hajiyeva’s home is a short walk from HarrodsCredit:Paul Grover Zamira Hajiyeva spent £16 million in Harrods “They enable the UK to more effectively target the problem of money laundering through prime real estate in London and across the UK, and we will now seek to move further cases to the high court.” Zamira Hajiyeva's home is a short walk from Harrods It was alleged that she paid a deposit of £4 million for the house in 2009 and had cleared her £7.4 million mortgage in just five years. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more