Fact 1: 415 million people worldwide currently have diabetes—3/4 live in low- and middle-income countries.
Fact 2: 65.3 million people were refugees or internally displaced persons last year.
Fact 3: People with noncommunicable diseases like diabetes are more vulnerable in crisis situations like conflict-caused displacement (which now lasts an average of 17 years).
Sylvia Kehlenbrink, a fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, marshals these facts and personal experience treating diabetes in Africa to make a persuasive case for the global community to prioritize NCD treatment among refugees and internally displaced people.
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