Introducing a multifaceted approach to the management of diabetes mellitus in resource-limited settings
Globally diabetes mellitus (DM) and its complications are placing an enormous burden on individual patients and countries alike. South Africa is a developing country already under enormous pressure from communicable diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis. Added to this is DM, which serves to fuel the interactions between communicable and non-communicable diseases. Data from KwaZulu-Natal Province (KZN) have demonstrated that the majority of patients with DM in the public healthcare sector are diagnosed and started on treatment at their local resource-limited healthcare clinics. This article describes introduction of a multifaceted approach to the management of DM in a resource-limited clinic at Edendale Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, KZN. Strategies like this may help provide a blueprint for other resource-limited healthcare facilities in developing countries.
Somasundram Pillay, Edendale Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Colleen Aldous, School of Clinical Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
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Date published: 2016-03-29
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