Following on from yesterday, here is another article I wrote for The Washington Report on the Middle East, when I was fresh-faced at St John Eye Hospital.
“In the occupied Palestinian territories, the prevalence of Diabetes Mellitus already stands at up to 15 percent of a population of more than 4 million. This is three times higher than in the West, and makes it one of the most prevalent non-communicable diseases in the area…..Because the restriction of movement on people also has a direct impact on access to education and information, dietary and fitness advice is difficult to disseminate. Furthermore, when problems do arise, Israel’s separation wall, checkpoints, military zones and a complex permit system mean access to healthcare is so challenging that many blindness-inducing illnesses are often detected late and monitored poorly.”
Click here to read the full article, dated December 2013.