The role of NGOs and medicine: to work for the health of an entire planet

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The World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day were held on the 8th of May in a total of 189 countries, commemorating the birth of its founder, Jean Henry Dunant.

It is a humanitarian organisation that has over 151 years experience providing invaluable help to 160 million people in diverse emergency situations such as armed conflict or natural disasters.

On our blog we did not want to miss the opportunity on this date to recognise the efforts being made on a global level by the NGOs, who manage to get medical care and assistance to those corners of the world where it is most needed.

Best Doctors is working side by side with the Recover Foundation in the fight against diabetes in Africa

In this sense, and placing great value on the NGOs, we at Best Doctors, are proud to collaborate with the Recover Foundation in this battle against diabetes, a disease in which more than 80% of deaths occur in countries with low income. The large majority of the African population live in this precarious situation.

Against this daunting backdrop, Recover Foundation is working hard in order to raise awareness of diabetes in a continent where the problem needs to be much more visible. 

Further work must be done to fight against this chronic disease

As we have already commented in a previous entry of this blog, diabetes is a chronic disease which comes to light either at the time when our pancreas does not make enough insulin – usually known as diabetes type I, or when our body is not able to take advantage of the insulin we produce – diabetes type II.

The main problem of diabetes, if not controlled, is the increased blood sugar levels, which will produce long-term damage to our organs, subsequently affecting to a greater extent our nervous system and blood vessels.

Data concerning diabetes in Africa are worrying. Hence the importance of projects like the one that Recover Foundation in collaboration with Best Doctors is carrying out in the field. Only 20% of patients have been diagnosed, which means that there is a vast majority of diabetics in Africa who are not aware of their illness.

In order to remedy this situation, Recover Foundation is dedicated to training health care personnel in the affected country and seeking resources to increase the number of diagnoses of the disease, in addition to providing medical care to the greatest number of patients possible.

At Best Doctors we reiterate how pleased we are to collaborate in the great work being done by NGOs such as Recover Foundation in vulnerable areas like Africa, and we are committed to ensuring that an accurate diagnosis and the most appropriate treatments will reach more and more countries.

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