Geographic Fault at Core of Indonesia's Epidemic

The percentage of Indonesians with Type 2 diabetes has doubled in the last few decades. An estimated 16 million adults are now affected, but doctors there are especially worried about youth, fearing many cases remain undiagnosed.
 
A core challenge is getting primary care doctors and basic supplies to Indonesia’s rural islands. Most medical clinics in the country don’t stock insulin, and only about half of public primary care facilities can conduct blood glucose tests.

Gadjah Mada University medical professor Hari Kusnanto says the government should offer doctors relocation incentives. A program is also in the works to send ships equipped with meds to remote islands.

South China Morning Post


 

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