Diabetes Voice

Diabetes Voice is the quarterly magazine of IDF. It covers the latest developments in diabetes care, education, prevention, research, health policy and economics, as well as themes related to living with diabetes. Diabetes Voice goes to the heart of issues that are crucial to all those who can further the promotion of diabetes care, prevention, and a cure worldwide.

Editor-in-Chief: Dr Douglas Villarroel (Bolivia)
Editor: Elizabeth Snouffer (USA)

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Issue: September 2016
Section: Diabetes views

Type 1 diabetes paediatric care challenge in Bolivia

Children and young people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in Bolivia, a country situated in the heart of South America, have limited access to care, insulin, and supplies including glucometers, test strips, and syringes for injecting insulin. There is a healthcare provision for the very youngest children with T1D; the Bolivian government covers treatment for all children under the age of five years, but any child diagnosed or living with diabetes over the age of five years does not receive this benefit. For children and youth above 5 years, some families are making great sacrifices to pay for all the medical necessities out-of-pocket, while others cannot afford the cost of treatment at all.

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