Diabetes and Tuberculosis in PNG: Epidemiology & Interaction

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Diabetes and Tuberculosis in PNG: Epidemiology & Interaction

Title of Project

Diabetes and Tuberculosis in PNG: Epidemiology & Interaction

Name of Advisor/s

Associate Professor Usman Malabu

College

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.

Key Words

Diabetes, Tuberculosis, Papua New Guinea