INTEGRATED DIABETES SCREENING: SAVING LIVES IN NIGERIA
Gestational diabetes is an often-overlooked cause of maternal and infant deaths. Without proper care, gestational diabetes can cause serious complications during pregnancy and childbirth, endangering the life of a woman and her baby. MSH works with countries and health facilities to integrate diabetes screening into prenatal care and existing HIV and AIDS programs. In Nigeria, in addition to screening, MSH is introducing mobile phones for health workers to monitor diabetes care and minimize the need for women to travel long distances to health facilities.