Challenges of managing patients with inherited metabolic disorders in a developing country.

Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health 2003 ;34 Suppl 3:202-7

Ross Products Division, Abbott Laboratories, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

The main problems encountered in managing patients with inherited metabolic disorders (IMDs) are inadequate numbers of clinicians and scientists with experience in IMDs, ill-equipped laboratory facilities, lack of funding, and lack of a well-organized plan. Other challenges that must be faced in developing countries include basic health care, birthing centers, and funding. The community environment including a clean water supply and appropriate waste disposal may also be problems. A stable communication system is necessary, as well as the means of paying for these systems. Analyses of local foods, at least for protein and energy, are required to utilize local materials in the diet. The home environment must also be considered. Adequate housing, clothing, and fuel are essential to help prevent frequent infections that may lead to serious illness or death of patients with IMDs. Adequate parental education is necessary along with adequate finances to purchase equipment to measure a prescribed diet and any necessary foods. Specialized medical, public health, community and home environments all contribute challenges of managing patients with IMDs in developing countries.

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July 2005

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