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Diabetes is on the rise in Cambodia, and in many ways that’s not a surprise. The population is aging, people have more to eat and they are doing less physical labor. These are known risk factors for type 2 diabetes, also called adult-onset diabetes.
But something else may be contributing to Cambodia’s increasing cases of diabetes…. as we find out in today’s report from Joanne Silberner.
Adult-onset diabetes is increasingly common in Cambodia, yet many Cambodian diabetics don’t exhibit the usual risk factors.
Hookah smoking is perceived by many as not as risky as cigarettes, while in fact, the data show on the contrary, it’s even riskier. The risk of developing systemic diseases from hookah are even more extensive than cigarette smoking.
At rural hospitals in Africa, you’ll often see high-tech medical equipment discarded and unused. In places where electricity is unreliable and spare parts are unavailable, expensive devices can quickly become worthless. So Dr. Oluyombo Awojobi designs and builds his own low-tech devices to keep his hospital running. http://ow.ly/sqcxl
How can low-tech innovations improve global health?
Dr. Oluyombo Awojobi, who keeps his hospital in the small farming town of Eruwa, Nigeria running with cheap, simple devices that he designs and makes himself from materials from his backyard, is answering your questions on PRI.org: http://ow.ly/sq8N0
In many parts of Latin America, Asia and Africa, there aren’t enough doctors and nurses to care for everyone who is sick. So charities and governments have enlisted thousands of volunteers to serve as community health workers.