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Middlebury College

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Fall 2012

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Kenya: Urbanization, Health, and Human Rights


This Independent Study project sought to identify the changes in nutrition from the traditional Luo culture to the new urban setting and explore the management, perceptions and prevalence of Type II diabetes in an increasingly urban area. The focus was on Type II diabetes since the majority of disease burden stems from this acquired form of the diabetes. Through speaking with elderly community members and shadowing the first line diabetic treatment centers in Kisumu, an assessment of the relationship between changing nutrition and diabetic management showed numerous gaps in the system that will continue to increase unless something is done. Without awareness, diabetes and poor nutrition will continue to plague the development and health of Kisumu and Kenya at large.


Community Health and Preventive Medicine | International and Community Nutrition | International Public Health | Nutrition | Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases | Public Health Education and Promotion


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