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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 383-390

Diabetes care during 50 years of Bangladesh


1 Centre for Global Health Research, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh, Mirpur-10, Dhaka-1216, Bangladesh
2 Department of Health Education, Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation in Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (BIRDEM), Mirpur-10, Dhaka-1216, Bangladesh
3 Department of Endocrinology, Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation in Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (BIRDEM), Mirpur-10, Dhaka-1216, Bangladesh
4 National Healthcare Network, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh, Mirpur-10, Dhaka-1216, Bangladesh
5 Institute of Health and Society, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo 0318, Norway
6 Directorate General of Health Services, Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh
7 Novo Nordisk Bangladesh, Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh
8 Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Gulshan-1, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh
9 Bangladesh Institutes of Health Sciences, Dhaka, Bangladesh
10 Faculty of Health Sciences, Nord University, Bodø 8049, Norway, International Diabetes Federation (IDF), 166 Chaussee de La Hulpe, B - 1170 Brussels, Belgium & Centre for Global Health Research, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh, 166 Chaussee de La Hulpe, B - 1170 Brussels, Bangladesh

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Bishwajit Bhowmik
Centre for Global Health Research, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh, 122 Kazi Nazrul Avenue, Shahbagh, Dhaka-1000.
Bangladesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jod.jod_37_21

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Similar to many other countries around the world, Bangladesh is also suffering from a pandemic of diabetes. It makes the most significant contribution to morbidity and mortality in this country. Despite the high burden of diabetes, health care is still geared toward episodic care. The government has not yet invested substantial efforts into developing a national policy to detect, prevent, and control diabetes. Still, diabetes care is restricted to capital and other big cities. More than 60% of people with diabetes usually sought treatment and advice from private facilities, including the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh. For the past six decades, the Association has been trying to develop a proper organizational framework, health care, educational institutions, rehabilitation facilities for poor people with diabetes, appropriate diabetes prevention, and education programs. To address the pandemic, the country should focus on nationwide diabetes prevention and control programs, such as creating community awareness and changing lifestyle practices through well-designed public health programs. The country also needs public–private partnerships and multi-sectoral approaches to overcome the diabetes burden.


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