Future challenges for pediatric diabetes management in developing countries: lessons from Africa

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In this review, we describe the epidemiology of diabetes mellitus in children and adolescents in Africa, noting that there is a paucity of data with regard to the burden of disease, prevalence of undiagnosed diabetes, healthcare and acute and chronic complications. Furthermore, access to care remains an issue of great concern. Our view is that in the next 5 years, more research will be undertaken on the burden of the disease and on interventions to provide better access to care. While the majority of African countries still have a low incidence of diabetes in children, it is predicted that the incidence will increase and it is therefore essential that governments develop sustainable policies to deal with such increases.

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