Diabetes Africa
2023 UK Forum

Overcoming diabetes inequalities

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE EXPERTS IMPROVING OUTCOMES WITH BLACK POPULATIONS IN THE UK

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Biritukan, a nurse from St Paul's Hospital with advanced knowledge in diabetes

Embedding specialist nurses in diabetes care

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Last update: 31 May 2024

Embedding specialist nurses in diabetes care
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Launched in 2024

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Integrating diabetes prevention and management in primary healthcare is essential to improving outcomes for diabetes. It is one of the eight components of the World Health Organisation’s Global Diabetes Compact. However, global evaluations by WHO suggest a significant lack of healthcare professionals (HCPs) adequately trained to prevent, diagnose, and treat diabetes.

Many low-income countries suffer from a shortfall of qualified doctors, thus putting a heavy strain on remaining HCPs in the health ecosystem. The increased strain is often taken up by nurses, who, although more numerous, are rarely adequately trained for the challenges that they will face on the job. Nurses are uniquely placed to act as effective practitioners, health coaches, spokespersons, and knowledge brokers for people living with diabetes.

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