Diabetes in humanitarian settings - useful resources

Last update: 18/12/2018


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Articles and publications

  • Dead Sea Declaration and Call to Action on Refugees and Diabetes
  • Declaration of the International Conference on Refugees and Diabetes (in Arabic)
  • Kaufman FR, Devgan S: An increase in newly onset IDDM admissions following the Los Angeles earthquake. Diabetes Care 1995;18(3):422.
  • Salman S, Sengul AM, Salman F, Ozer E, Gursoy N, Hatun S, Karsidag K, Dinccag N, Satman I, 
  • Yilmaz MT: Influence of earthquake on the quality of life of patients with type 1 diabetes. Psychiatry Clin Neurosci 2001;55(2):16
  • Agyemang C et al. Relationship between post-traumatic stress disorder and diabetes among 105 180 asylum seekers in the Netherlands. European Journal of Public Health, Volume 22, Issue 5, 1 October 2012, Pages 658–662,
  • Miller AC, Arquilla B. Chronic renal insufficiency and diabetes mellitus following disasters: a model for reform. Prehosp. Disaster Med. 22(2), s127 (2007)
  • Greenough P, Lappi M, Hsu E et al. Burden of disease and health status among Hurricane Katrina– displaced persons in shelters: a population-based cluster sample. Ann. Emerg. Med. 51, 426 –432 (2008).
  • Brodie M, Weltzien E, Altman D et al. Experiences of Hurricane Katrina evacuees in Houston shelters: implications for future planning. Am. J.Public Health 96, 1402–1408 (2006)
  • Vest JR, Valadez AM. Health conditions and risk factors of sheltered persons displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Prehosp. Disaster Med.21, 55–58 (2006).
  • Gulitz E, Carrington L. Planning for disaster
  • : sheltering persons with special needs. Am.J. Pub. Health, 80, 879–880 (1990)
  • Kirizuka K, Nishizaki H, Kohriyama K et al. Influences of the Great Hanshin-Awaji earthquake on glycemic control in diabetic patients. Diabetes Res. Clin. Pract.36(3), 193–196 (1997)
  • Larco N, Charles R. Solidarity with Haiti: the global diabetes response. Diabetes Voice, Volume 55, Issue 1, June 2010. 


Diabetes in humanitarian settings - Refaat's story

Diabetes project for Syrian refugees in Lebanon - an initiative that provides free medical services to 130,000 Syrian refugees living with diabetesin Lebanon, supported by the Qatar Red Crescent and the Syrian American Medical Association, in collaboration with MAPS and the International Diabetes Federation.

Challenges of refugees living with a chronic disease - Dr. Katarina Braune is a young doctor who studied medicine in Halle (Saale) and works at Charité university hospital in Berlin. She tells the story of a young boy and his parents from Syria that she took in at the refugees’ emergency unit. They both have something in common: They both live with type 1 diabetes.

Diabetes in humanitarian settings - Theodore's story

Diabetes in humanitarian settings - Ahmad's story

Message from Dr. Akihiro Seita, Health Director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA)

Diabetes in humanitarian settings - Mahamane's story

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