At least seven million Bangladeshis suffer from diabetes! Shocking, isn’t it? And the solemn fact remains: Diabetes kills one person every eight seconds! Many Bangladeshis suffer without understanding the disease, its causes, or the results. That number of patients is rising by 6% each year, said Professor AK Azad Khan, President of the Bangladesh Diabetic Association. How can all this be possible? you may ask. Diabetes has been called the “disease of affluence”. Yet now it is hitting low-income countries across the globe. With an average per capita income of only US $369, Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world. It is also one of the least educated countries when it comes to knowing about diabetes. AOB aims to change that!
Here’s the situation: Though Bangladesh is still an agrarian country, it is experiencing growing urbanization, expanding industrialization, and rising income. Some results look good: The population is significantly more literate now, and people can expect good nutrition and longevity. Unfortunately, reduced physical exercise, obesity, and the diabetes epidemic come hand-in-hand with a developing economy. The opportunity for sedentary life-styles, abundant food options, and increased use of tobacco is a deadly trap. Type 2 diabetes is especially hitting urban, stay-at-home women and office employees.
AOB offers hope. Our medical team at Memorial Christian Hospital realizes that diabetes is a socio-medical issue. Not only doctors, but also patients should be involved in diabetic prevention and care. Our physicians and social workers emphasize diet, exercise, and nutritional needs. A diabetes Q&A film is shown on the wards and in the waiting rooms. Through community-health teaching, physical therapy regimes, and new media productions, we’re empowering people to take control of their health. Our Child and Community Development camps encourage joyous exercise. Our education projects include sports days. And MCH’s club tournaments spur employees on to an active life-style. By preventing and controlling diabetes, people can live longer, healthier, happy lives. Act now!