Making Diabetes

The Politics of Diabetes Diagnostics in Uganda

Arlena Siobhan Liggins

Transcript-Verlag

Making Diabetes

Pub Date: March 2020

ISBN: 9783837648973

300 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Making Diabetes

The Politics of Diabetes Diagnostics in Uganda

Arlena Siobhan Liggins

Transcript-Verlag

Diabetes is regarded as one of the most challenging global health issues of the twenty-first century. Especially countries with weak health infrastructure are struggling to deal with the increased demands this chronic disease entails. Tracing the effects of a diagnostic device, the glucometer, this book examines how it contributes to the making of diabetes in contemporary Uganda. Arlena S. Liggins demonstrates that depending on who uses the glucometer, the outcomes may go far beyond diagnosis. The book draws a complex picture of hopes and misplaced expectations, of trust and mistrust in a technology to which access in the first place is all but a given.

About the Author

Arlena Siobhan Liggins completed her doctorate in Anthropology at the University of Bayreuth in 2018. She works as a Scientific Officer at the DLR Project Management Agency within the field of Global Health.