Yasim is a weaver who lives in the small town of Maksegnit, around 40 km south of the city of Gondar, Ethiopia. He was diagnosed with insulin-dependent diabetes 7 years ago. As he has no means of transport he is unable to travel to the local hospital and therefore has been regularly attending the health centre in Maksenit. The nurses and health officers have received training and can therefore confidently help to manage his diabetes and provide him with insulin. He cannot read or write and finds giving himself the right dose of insulin a challenge. To help him the staff at the health centre mark the insulin syringe with a piece of tape to show him the right amount of insulin to take. Recently the nurses in the health centre found he also has high blood pressure, common in patients with diabetes. They have been able to successfully start treatment for this too. Thankfully, there are no other complications for Yasim and he can continue to work as normal.
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