By Marcela Assunção and Denise Rivera Milla, 2016 Alere Fellows at PSI The piece below originally appeared on Alere’s blog. NOTE: PSI is a global health organization that focuses on making it easier for people in the developing world to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire by marketing affordable products and services.Read More ›
by Deepti Mathur, Senior Manager, Knowledge Management, PSI/India Dr. Ritu Rana, General Manager, Non Communicable Diseases, PSI/IndiaDr. Heather White, Technical Advisor for Non-Communicable Diseases, PSI Common non-communicable diseases (NCDs), like diabetes and hypertension, are silent killers that plague a large percentage of the workforce and reduce productivity globally, posing a threat to the development ofRead More ›
Through collaboration, prevention and treatment, we can prevent women across the developing world from contracting cervical cancer. This past Saturday, February 4, was World Cancer Day. To raise awareness around important diseases like cervical cancer, PSI’s Cate O’Kane and Dr. Heather White teamed up with Pyxera to talk about preventing and treating non-communicable diseases. TheRead More ›
By Kaleigh Rogers, Reporter, VICE In May, VICE reporter Kaleigh Rogers visited Tanzania to report on malaria, and stopped by the Ithna Asheri clinic in Arusha, where a PSI intervention helped train clinicians and lab techs in using malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests (mRDTs) to properly diagnosis and treat fever cases. She also spoke with aRead More ›
By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI Today, April 7th, marks World Health Day, a day celebrating the establishment of the World Health Organization in 1948. This year’s theme issues a call for action on diabetes, with the WHO’s first Global Report on Diabetes highlighting the global need to focus on prevention and treatment of theRead More ›
By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI On International Women’s Day 2016, Women Deliver announced the films that have been invited to screen at the 2016 Arts and Cinema Corner, a special feature of the Women Deliver 2016 Global Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. Supporting Women Deliver’s message of improving the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women, the selectedRead More ›
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Diabetes is a growing public health concern in India where an estimated 63 million people are living with diabetes and that number is projected to increase to 101.2 million by 2030. Because of its chronic nature, the severity of its complications and the means required to control them, diabetes is a costly disease, affecting individual, his/her family and also the health system.
Nearly 600 million people will be living with diabetes by 2035, says the International Diabetes Federation. The IDF, PSI and others are marking World Diabetes Day today to call attention to the increasing problem faced by people in every part of the world.
“Diabetes is a disease of development,” says IDF president Sir Michael Hirst.
“The misconception that diabetes is ‘a disease of the wealthy’ is still held, to the detriment of desperately needed funding to combat the pandemic. In coming years we have much to do in making the case for those who have diabetes now and will have in the future.
Studies estimate that, for a low-income Indian family with an adult with diabetes, as much as 25% of family income may be devoted to diabetes care. Despite the availability of proven and effective treatments, detection and control rates of these diseases are abysmally low in the country.Read More ›
By Kristin Saucier
In Nicaragua, where diabetes is the fourth leading cause of death among women, 1 out of every 10 adults suffers from the disease. Although type II diabetes is the most prevalent form of the disease, gestational diabetes is an increasingly worrying problem. Not only does gestational diabetes present a number of health risks for the mother and child during pregnancy and labor, but it also significantly increases both the mother’s and child’s risk of developing type II diabetes in the future. Despite the serious health concerns that gestational diabetes presents, screening and detection of the disease in Nicaragua is uncommon, in part due to a lack of training among health care workers, poor resource management, and limited supplies for diagnosis and treatment. Widespread myths and misconceptions about gestational diabetes further impede proper management of the disease.Read More ›
As featured in today’s Healthy Dose, a recently published paper in Lancet finds that 350 million adults around the world are diagnosed with diabetes. The graphic from The Economist shows how the burden has shifted over the past three decades for both men and women. Diabetes is one of the many NCDs which are beginningRead More ›
Top StoryDiabetes Cases Have Doubled Worldwide A new study in The Lancet shows that over the past thirty years the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has doubled to 350 million. According to the study, the U.S. had 24.7 million diabetics in 2008, nearly triple the level of three decades ago. The estimate includes peopleRead More ›