Breakthroughs for Whom? Global Diabetes Care and Equitable Design
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M. s. L. showed me the empty container of test strips and a box with butterflies on it. They were for a glucometer model I’d never seen before, called a FreeStyle. She explained that the machine had been given to her a few years earlier by a student philanthropic group from Arkansas on a “medical mission” trip to her village in Belize. She’d also been given a 3-month supply of the costly testing strips the machine required, which she’d stretched for nearly a year. Then she ran out, and there was nowhere in Belize to get more strips. That was 2 years ago.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Anthropology Program
New England Journal of Medicine
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM/MMS)
Moran-Thomas, Amy. “Breakthroughs for Whom? Global Diabetes Care and Equitable Design.” New England Journal of Medicine 375, no. 24 (December 15, 2016): 2317–2319. © 2016 Massachusetts Medical Society
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