Enhancing literacy and life skills among people with diabetes in Argentina

Around 780 million adults worldwide – most of them living in developing countries – are locked into a life of isolation and poverty because they cannot read or write. In people with diabetes, low literacy severely complicates the day-to-day management of their condition or, indeed, entirely precludes effective self-care – in many cases leading to tragic consequences. When people are unable to read instructions relating to their medication, understand an appointment card, or even tell the time, they are placed at extraordinary risk for the disabling and life-threatening complications of diabetes.

In this article, Gabriel Lijteroff reports on a programme which aimed to improve levels of literacy and promote diabetes health education among people with little or no formal education living in a poor district of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

low literacy, poverty, Argentina, education, empowerment