Help Provide Diabetic Care in West Africa
It is estimated that approximately 3.3 million people currently have diabetes in West Africa. In poverty-stricken nations like Mauritania, where a significant portion of the population survives on less than $1.25 per day, receiving appropriate care for the disease can be nearly impossible.
The annual cost of diabetic supplies, like blood glucose meters, test strips, insulin, and other medical equipment, take up the majority of a West African family’s income. In addition, there is a substantial cost related to receiving regular health checkups and screenings that people with diabetes require. With the lack of attention diabetes receives in West African nations like Mauritania, the supplies are exponentially more expensive in this region of the world.
When weighing all these factors together, families are often forced to make a difficult choice between their health and other necessities. Because of this, many people go without the appropriate diabetic care they need. Sadly, this decision has led to nearly 80% of deaths caused by diabetes occurring in the low- to middle-income countries of West Africa.
Mauritanian Association for the Fight Against Diabetes is on a mission to change this. The organization assists and advocates for diabetics in Mauritania through the use of free clinics, free checkups, educational seminars, and in raising general awareness about diabetes. Many families rely on the help this group is providing in order to survive.
As November is American Diabetes Month, now is the perfect time for you to join the organizations fight. By purchasing a Gift That Gives More™, you can help cover the cost of life-saving diabetic supplies like blood glucose meters, test strips, and insulin. Having access to this medical equipment will make a huge impact on children, families, and communities in this region of West Africa. Click here to contribute much-needed funds for diabetic care in Mauritania.