Diabetes Views - Time to start progressing responsibly

A recent report by the World Bank warns of an impending health crisis sparked by rising rates of type 2 diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – not among the SUV-driving suburban middle classes of Europe or North America, but in South Asia, home to the world's largest population of poor people, where more than 1 billion are living on less than 2 USD a day. Unsurprisingly for those of us striving to rouse the world to the geographically and socioeconomically global threat from NCDs, it is the poor families in the region who are disproportionately affected – by worsening poverty as they are forced to pay for medical treatment out of their household budget, as well as by avoidable disability and premature death.