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Diabetes Dilemma in Africa

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  • Diabetes Dilemma in Africa

    The Boston Globe recently published the article, “When diabetics would prefer AIDS”, stating that a significant portion of the population of Mbarara, Uganda are suffering from diabetes, but lack the resources necessary to successfully manage their disease.  With worldwide attention on AIDS and malaria in Africa, those suffering from diabetes get lost in the shuffle.  The Mbarara HIV-AIDS clinic, funded by international donations and former Bush administration, are outfitted with modern medical equipment and patients receive free health treatment.  Diabetes clinics, on the other hand, lack these assets and therefore, cannot provide the drugs necessary to help all those suffering from diabetes.  Dr. Bitekyerezo Medaro, head of the diabetes clinic at Mbarara University Hospital, described how “diabetes prevalence in Mbarara has caught up to HIV, between 5 percent and 6 percent of the population.”  Many patients cannot afford the medication for diabetes and often suffer the consequences.  Medaro recalls how “one diabetic patient told me she wished she had HIV because HIV treatment is free and she has to pay for insulin.”  Diabetes is becoming increasingly lethal for those living in Africa without access to proper medical treatment.  "We've lost 16 patients because of lack of drugs,” Medaro said.  “When I see the treatment for HIV, I become inspired as to what we can do. When I see what we have for diabetes, I feel defeated."

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  • By: : Jul, 30, 2009 13:43 PM

    The situation looks very grim and painful. It is equally sad that diabetes has become such a big killer and although we know that it's present we still take it as any other disease. we know it's fatal and so it must be taken in that order before its too late to recover. Diabetes is a potential killer and it must be treated likewise.

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