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Toujours le courage – Alhassane Diallo

It was back in 2006, on a trip north with his father and twin brother, that Alhassane first noticed that something was wrong. He was urinating constantly, tired, and losing weight. His father took him to a clinic run by a mining company operating in the region, where he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He was seven years old.

This was only ten years after professional diabetes services had been introduced to the Republic of Guinea, and diabetes care was still rudimentary. It was a hard time, Alhassane recalls. Then something important happened, he says. He met a doctor who told him: You need to respect the rules – or you will die. 

“I argued with him. But after that, I knew I had to be strong, not to let my guard down, to respect the diet. Toujours le courage - I decided to fight.”

Alhassane receives care and counsels peers at the Enta Diabetes Clinic, which was strengthened by the WDF project Integrated management of type 1 DM children, WDF09-491

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