Diabetes is on the increase in Indonesia, with prevalence rates now at 4.6% compared with 2% to 3% just five years ago. This means that some four million people throughout Indonesia, from Sumatra to Irian Jaya, currently have the condition. Bali, an Indonesian island with three million inhabitants, has trained 86 diabetes educators since 1996. The educators, who come from all over the island, are expected to be able to return to their local areas and spread their knowledge about diabetes. This self-perpetuating model can lead to greater public awareness of diabetes, as well as improved knowledge and skills among people with diabetes.
Indonesia, Bali, training, Persadia, government, Indonesian Diabetes Association