Problem of Diabetes in Afghanistan
Diabetes is a common problem in Afghanistan. This disease is un-known to many Afghans and there has been no public awareness for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Diabetes in Afghanistan. There has been no proper study on the prevalence of Diabetes in Afghanistan. World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) in 2004 has helped the Afghan Ministry of Public Health to establish four Diabetes Centres in four general hospitals in Kabul. These centres despite having some logistical problems are functioning well.These are Diabetes Centres in Ibni Seena Emergency Hospital, Indira Gandhi Children Hospital, Maiwand Teaching Hospital and Wazir Akbar Khan Hospital. These centres are located in different parts of Kabul City to make sure that population living in all districts of Kabul City are covered.
So far over 50,000 diabetic patients of both genders including children with type 1 and type 2 Diabetes were screened, treated and followed up in the mentioned four centres .The Private Sector has also invested in Diabetes Care in Afghnaistan. Diabetes Management Centre (DMC) provides care for diabetics in Kabul and some provinces through their well-equipped Diabetes Centres.