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Diabetic foot care training in developing countries: Addressing the skills shortage-wint

Margreet van Putten
25 November 2014

The growing prevalence of diabetes is accompanied by increases in the number of diabetic complications, including those of the foot. This will especially affect developing countries, where the percentage of the population with diabetes is rapidly out-pacing that in the developed world. With only 19 countries worldwide having licensed schools of podiatry, and trained podiatrists operating in approximately 35 countries, a large shortfall of podiatry services exists globally. To address the resultant skills shortage in diabetic foot care, the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot established the Diabetic Foot Care Education Working Group to develop a programme to train accredited diabetic foot care assistants in developing countries.

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