Advocating for the rights of people with diabetes in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked, largely mountainous country, bordering Kazakhstan, China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and is therefore sometimes referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Central Asia’. But the dramatic beauty of its snow-capped mountains and Alpine gorges hides a terrible potential for destruction: heavy winter snow often leads to spring floods, provoking serious damage in valleys and lowlands. The President of the Diabetes Association of Kyrgyzstan, Svetlana Mamutova, likened the destructive flow of the mountain rivers to the epidemic of diabetes in her country and worldwide – leaving no region or territory unaffected. In this article, she describes the status of diabetes in Kyrgyzstan and reports on the efforts of the Kyrgyz diabetes community to improve the provision of care and diabetes supplies.
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Kyrgyzstan, DAK, Diabetes Association of Kyrgyzstan, insulin, diabetes supplies