Diabetes is a life-long disease. If not taken care of properly, it causes severe diseases like arrhythmia, hypertension, blindness, etc. It is spreading all over the world so quickly that WHO announced it an epidemic. On the contrary, the motto of Diabetic Association of Bangladesh is to provide diabetes care to all who are living in Bangladesh, free of cost. So it has taken up a plan to set up a Center in Rohingya refugee camp to provide diabetes care to RR so that they can live a normal life.
WHO estimates that the global prevalence of diabetes among adults over 18 years of age is 8.5% (2014). As the disease spreads geometrically among every population group, there may already be around 50000 diabetic patients among one million Rohingyas who has taken shelter in Bangladesh. The government of Bangladesh and other organizations are providing healthcare support, but services of DAB is required to address such a big number of diabetes patients, who need special and life-long care.
To address the diabetic patients among the Rohingya refugees, DAB is the right organization. It has been playing a pioneering role in providing diabetic care, spreading its network all over the country. It has affiliated hospital in Cox's Bazaar district (in the district where RR have taken shelter). So, DAB can provide diabetic care to the refugees setting up a small centre in the camp, and when needed, it can refer patients to its district hospital for advanced care.
Providing healthcare support to so many refugees is a big issue. Again, diabetic patients need extra and timely care, if not, their life can be threatened by diseases like, cardiac arrest, high BP, etc - leading to early death. Treating these diseases are very costly and needs advanced infrastructure that is absent in the area. It will also put extra burden on the govt. So, if DAB provides diabetes care to the RR from the start, it will ensure them a normal life and reduce pressure on the govt.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).
Official page of Diabetic Association, Bangladesh