Phone doctors help Bangladesh battle diabetes

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Contrary to popular belief, type 2 diabetes doesn’t only affect people in rich countries.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, one of the highest incidence rates in the world can be found in Bangladesh, where 5.9 million adults were living with the disease in 2014.

Rural communities in Bangladesh are particularly vulnerable as they have limited access to diagnostic tools or information on how to avoid contracting diabetes.

In this interview, we speak to UK-based epidemiologist Ed Fottrell, who is targeting the problem by combining community outreach projects with the use of mobile phone technology to spread health information designed to prevent or manage the disease.

He hopes to prove that this integrated approach, called D-Magic, can reduce the disease’s incidence in Bangladesh within just a few years.