Title of Project
Diabetes and Tuberculosis in PNG: Epidemiology & Interaction
Name of Advisor/s
Associate Professor Usman Malabu
College of Medicine & Dentistry
Summary of Project
People with diabetes mellitus (DM) are 3-4 times more likely to develop tuberculosis (TB) than those without DM. Furthermore, patients with concurrent DM suffer worse TB treatment outcomes (relapse and death) than patients with TB alone. Papua New Guinea (PNG) has the highest incidence of TB in the Western Pacific region which makes co-prevalence of diabetes a substantial health burden. However, detailed knowledge of the rates of comorbidity, ways to screen, treat, record and report of the two diseases are not well known in health care settings or among the PNG general population.
Diabetes, Tuberculosis, Papua New Guinea