Diabetic retinopathy in Africa. This issue of AJDM contains two articles (one review and one research) relating to diabetic retinopathy in an African setting. This is an important subject, as retinal screening and retinopathy treatment has in the past been neglected. Many older African studies on diabetic complications reported low rates of retinopathy. However, detection systems were often inadequate, and the populations studied frequently had short mean durations of diabetes (reducing the likelihood of retinopathy). More recently, diabetes outcome (and therefore disease duration) has significantly improved in many parts of Africa, and retinal screening systems have become more accurate.
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