Tough for poor people with diabetes

Article published in Göteborgsposten
7 April 2016
By Thelma Chikwanha
Photos: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Zimbabwe. Today, the World Health Day focuses on diabetes. In Zimbabwe HIV/Aids receives more support, but almost as many are estimated to have diabetes. For poor people it is a challenge keeping the illness in check.

“To be a diabetic doesn’t mean that life is over, but it is a diagnosis that is testing both financially and emotionally”, says Betty Mapuranga, 57. She lives in Warren Park, one of the poorest areas of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare.

In Zimbabwe, 72 percent of the population lives on less than 1,25 dollars per day. Diabetics such as Betty Mapuranga has a difficult time managing the problem of costs related to medicines and healthy foods.
“I’ve had to give a lot of things up because of this illness”, she says.

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