Celiac Disease in Africa?
- By Lionel Mugema
- Published 05/15/2009
Lionel is working to start an organization called "Creating Celiac Disease Awareness in Africa" to help raise celiac disease awareness in East Africa, where celiac disease kills many children each year, mainly because it usually goes undiagnosed and treated. Unfortunately knowledge/awareness of the disease in East Africa is almost non-existent.
I was diagnosed with celiac disease in Brussels, Belgium when I was about 6 years.
My family ensured that all my meals were gluten-free. However, now that I am all grown up it has changed. There exists no gluten-free food here in East Africa. The little that comes from South Africa is unusually expensive. Worse, my doctors do not believe an African can get celiac disease!
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