The reality of the diabetes community in the Dominican Republic
as prepared by our local partners in Santo Domingo
It is estimated that 10% of the population of the Dominican Republic has diabetes (including Type 1 and Type 2). A large proportion of society in the country, a developing country, lives in poverty. The social inequality is reflected in the large number of people who lack access to basic needs such as education, health and quality of life. In our country, people with diabetes do not have access to diabetes education – an important and vital aspect for managing one’s condition. The lack of resources available to buy medication makes each individual diabetes case slightly different, although for the majority of people with diabetes in the country, it is a similar reality. Another key aspect that heavily influences the care of diabetes patients in the DR is the huge number of myths and disinformation associated with the condition. Due to the lack of diabetes education these “myths” gather significance which translates into a lack of good health outcomes due to medical treatment and follow-up.
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