Improving the quality of life of young people with diabetes in Egypt

In 2000, a group of committed members of the diabetes community in Egypt, including parents of children with the condition and health-care professionals, established ‘Assistance to Youngsters with Diabetes’ (AYD). This is an ambitious project. The ultimate objective of AYD – which recently won the DAWN International Award – is to enhance the quality of life of children with diabetes in Egypt through the provision of structured therapeutic health education. The founders of AYD are working to create a network of ‘diabetes schools’ for children with the condition and their parents. As a result, a growing number of centres are able to provide diabetes education that focuses on effective self-care. Laila Sioufi and Azza Shaltout report.
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