Educating Ethiopia On DiabetesAllison Espiritu
The life expectancy of children in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa is less than one year once they are diagnosed with diabetes. The availability of insulin, diabetes education, and glucose meters are not easily accessible especially to families living in the countryside.
Many parents in Ethiopia unfortunately report their children’s diabetic symptoms when it is far too late, leading to many health risks. However, watch as this doctor dedicates her time to a clinic in the city that helps children manage diabetes through education, check-ups, free insulin, and free glucose meters. She has been focusing on children with diabetes ever since she had saved a child suffering from DKA. Teaming up with Novo Nordisk, it has been her mission to educate other physicians of the risks, symptoms, and preventative measures families need to take to manage diabetes.