Up to now, the global prevalence of diabetic retinopathy (DR) is 34.6%, which is equal to nearly 100 million people worldwide.
“You can’t manage (and improve) what you can’t measure” - the golden rule of management is particularly true when it comes to managing diabetes.
Currently, 8.9% of Canadians live with diabetes (~90% are T2D), which has more than doubled since 2000. Disproportionately affected are disadvantaged populations, including Indigenous peoples, who experience 3 to 5 times higher rates of T2D than the general population.
Along with their plethora of challenges associated with lack of awareness and financial burden of diabetes, developing countries have another set of often ignored issues: the way diabetes is viewed and treated in society, health care systems and public policy.