It was in the year 2000, as Basiru J. as an insulin-requiring type 2 diabetic visited Renate Müller and Falco Steinhilber Mössingen-Talheim. With poor metabolic control, he was taken to the county hospital in Reutlingen and fitted with insulin.
With a good sugar metabolism he left the hospital and returned to his homeland. In Medical Director Dr. Alieu Gaye, he had worked at the Royal Victoria Hospital at this time, Banjul, he found the right partner, who has been treated diabetics in the Gambia since 1990.
Dr. Alieu Gaye is president of the Gambian Diabetes Association and a Vice President of the IDF. Several times he has visited the Federal Republic of Germany and the Congress of the DDG.
Malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS are the most common diseases in the Gambia, diabetes has become a truly great and greatly increasing problem, which the government is barely acknowledged.
As in many African countries, there is lack of money for diabetes care. To ensure the insulin supply (mainly 30/70 mixed insulin) and blood glucose self-monitoring (1 test strips / day) it takes great effort of the "Diabetes-Project The Gambia e.V.", which relies on donations to develop this project.
As part of the financial resources of the student association and supports people with diabetes in the payment of expenses for the school, and possibly a secondary vocational training center.
Here are some facts about the country (more details and information here!):
In 2010 an estimated 1.8 million inhabitants residents, widest part of the country: 50km, about 500km long, 60 km of Atlantic coastline, shared from the River Gambia, very few natural resources.
Diabetes in urban areas: 6.9%
Diabetes in the country: 1.5%
Typ1/Typ2 distribution: 15% / 85%
Each 2/3 to 75% are women