Egypt and some of the Gulf countries have among the highest prevalence rates of diabetes in the world, notably Type 2 diabetes. Changes in socio-economic patterns, relatively rapid urbanization, and a 'fast-food culture' are taking their toll. In Egypt and the Gulf region, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is now a major health problem, and high blood cholesterol levels and hypertension are recognized as 'silent killers'. However, there is relatively little awareness of the serious threat to health presented by diabetes, or its role in causing CVD. Maged Abdel Aal reports on an ambitious initiative to raise awareness and knowledge among health-care professionals and people with diabetes in the region.
Egypt, Education, Awareness, CVD, DELTA, Primary care, Gulf, Training, Self-management