In conjunction with the Drexel University WeServe program and the Drexel University School of Public Health, we will be traveling to Gambia (West Africa) this summer to do work on a number of public health projects related to maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS prevention & education, and chronic disease management.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Diabetes in The Gambia

In the industrialized countries diabetes is regarded as a common disease which, thanks to the well-structured health system can be successfully treated, Africa is facing a diabetes epidemic. According to information provided by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), in some parts of Africa up to 30% of the population has disturbed glucose tolerance. At the same time insulin is not available to the majority of people affected with diabetes, as the African health care system uses the largest part of the funds for fighting AIDS and malaria.


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