Delivering diabetes care in
Diabetes is a difficult disease to treat even with the best drugs and support, and in most parts of
Unsurprisingly, most people with diabetes in the African continent rely on rudimentary services from local doctors or nurses, or, if they are fortunate, may be able to access a Diabetic Clinic - usually only available at major teaching centres. Even at these hospitals, the services offered are severely hampered by the shortages described above.
There have, however, been recent attempts to improve Diabetes care delivery in some parts of
In a recent issue of the British Medical Journal, Kaushik Ramaiya reports on a larger and more ambitious diabetes care delivery system from
Ramaiya points out that current predictions suggest that within the next 20 v-ears non-communicable disease mortality will exceed infective deaths. The setting up of appropriate and efficient diabetes care delivery systems now will help to combat this growing problem.
African Health: Medicine Review – Delivering Diabetes care in
Ramaiya K. Tanzania and Diabetes – a model for developing countries?
British Med J 2005; 330: 679.