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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 12-13

Type 1 diabetes care updates: Tanzania

1 Department of Pediatric and Child Health, Acute Pediatric Care Unit, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
2 Department of Pediatric and Child Health, Muhimbili National Hospital, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

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Kandi Catherine Muze
Muhimbili National Hospital, Upanga West, Dar-es-Salaam
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2230-8210.155348

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Tanzania is located in east Africa with a population of 45 million. The country's population is growing at 2.5% annually. The International Diabetes Federation Child Sponsorship Program was launched in Tanzania in 2005. The number of type 1 diabetes mellitus children enrolled in the changing diabetes in children program in Tanzania has augmented from almost below 50 in 2005 to over 1200 in 2014. The country had an overall trend of HbA1c value of 14% in 2005 while the same has reduced over the years to 10% in 2012-13. The program has been able to reduce the proportion of patients with HbA1c values of 11-14%; from 71.9% in 2008 to 49.8% in 2012-13. The challenges, which CDiC faces are misdiagnosis, low public awareness, and stigma especially in the reproductive age/adolescent groups.

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