Overcoming cultural challenges and improving diabetes education – a real-life experience from Lebanon

Lebanon is a small country whose geography has contributed to a culturally diverse society. Situated on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, Lebanon sits at the intersection between Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Over the centuries, waves of visitors, settlers and invaders have contributed to the rich cultural and religious diversity of the Lebanese people – 4 million of whom live in Lebanon, with another 6 million living around the world making up the sizeable Lebanese diaspora. In fact, Lebanon remains a mosaic of ethnic and religious groups. Against this multiethnic backdrop, efforts to improve the quality of diabetes education have to encompass multiple social and cultural sensitivities. Here, Claudia Matta, an educator from Lebanon, reports on her experience using educational tools developed in partnership with the International Diabetes Federation.