NCDs don’t just affect individuals – they are also a major cause of poverty and a barrier to economic development, representing a global emergency that requires an urgent response.
Every child deserves a healthy and happy childhood. But for people like Bilkhissa who grew up with type 1 diabetes, limited access to services, poverty, and stigma can make this complicated.
The greatest rise in diabetes prevalence is projected to occur in Africa, but the continent spends the least on diabetes care as a proportion of global annual healthcare spending. While that picture is cause for concern, some developing nations are working on improving access to care and medicine in partnership with the Changing Diabetes in Children (CDIC) programme.