Care in a Conflict Zone

Diabetes management can take a back seat during humanitarian emergencies—but a new DRC study pokes holes in the idea that diabetes care is too expensive and complicated for emergency settings.

A Médecins sans Frontières-supported outpatient diabetes program in North Kivu's Mweso hospital found that many aspects of diabetes care can be maintained during periods of relative stability. During flash points of insecurity, a simplified, nurse-led model helped maintain control rates.

What else is needed: research defining a simplified diabetes care package including how to prep for emergencies.

BMJ Open

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