Issue: September 2016
Section: Diabetes views
Diabetes care model in a lower middle-income country: Bangladesh
In developing countries there is lack of organized care for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and pulmonary disease, even though these diseases have become the leading cause of death in the world. Like so many developing countries, the prevalence of diabetes in Bangladesh is on the rise and was estimated at 7.4% by IDFs Diabetes Atlas in 2015. The Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB) has developed a sustainable model of healthcare for people with or at risk for diabetes in Bangladesh. The DAB model shows that with proper planning and dedicated leadership, it is possible to create healthcare for diabetes and other chronic diseases even in lower middle income-countries.