Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Health Sciences (M.H.S.)

Degree Program

Health Professions


The Gambia is a small, developing country on the west coast of Africa. As with much of the world, there has been an increase in Type 2 Diabetes in the Gambia. According to the World Health Organization, the total population of the Gambia is 1.3 million (1). In 2000, there were 22,000 diabetics in the Gambia (estimated prevalence of 2%) and it is projected that the number will reach 61,000 by the year 2030 (2).

One way to help combat the increase of Type 2 Diabetes and its complications is by educating clinic staff workers and diabetics using educational materials that are scientifically accurate and culturally appropriate. Finding such materials is often a challenge in lesser developed countries such as the Gambia. The goal of this nine-week project was to develop educational materials which met these criteria and could be used to teach the target populations (Gambian clinic staff and Type 2 diabetics).


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