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Vol.12 (2023-11-22) >
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|Epidemiology, education, and care for patients with diabetes in Belarus
|More than 64 million people in the World Health Organization European Region are living with diabetes, and Belarus is no exception to the diabetes epidemic. This study was conducted as a part of the Joint Usage/Research Projects program for promoting collaborative research in regions affected by environmental radiation exposure. We reviewed locally available documents on the epidemiology and management of diabetes in Belarus. Over the past 20 years, there has been a 2.8-fold increase in the number of patients with diabetes mellitus in Belarus, and in response, an integrated approach for prevention and treatment has been implemented. Strategies unique to Belarus include the establishment of a diabetes registry, the monitoring of patients at local outpatient units called dispensaries, and the upgrading of diabetes education provided at Diabetes Schools. Despite the strategic developments made to diabetes services, further improvements are warranted, including better quality assurance of services at dispensaries, revision of patient education to take into consideration new treatments and technologies, and more epidemiological research.
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