Global Advocacy Network

People living with diabetes face different issues all around the world. T1International aims to give advocates the tools they need to push for change in their communities. We coordinate a Global Advocacy Network of like-minded advocates fighting for change around the world. 

T1International Global Advocates, Advocacy Chapters, and Advocacy Partners identify the issues in their country that they want to work on and develop action plans to make change. T1International supports our Global Advocacy Network through that process, and brings advocates together to share and learn and fight for collective change.

Global Advocates

Marian García de Alba Workshop 2021

Marian, Mexico

''I am eager to make a difference in my country, Mexico, for people living with type 1 diabetes because I believe that everyone deserves a good quality of life. I have lived with type 1 diabetes since April of 2006. I am an ESL & Preschool teacher with a degree in Childhood Development and Neurodevelopment, currently studying for a degree in Diabetes Education.''

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Laura Ortiz

Laura, Bolivia

''I believe that health should be a right, not a privilege. If you have diabetes in Bolivia, you have to be lucky to life a full, healthy life. It is not easy to get all the necessary supplies for good control, and nobody receives the proper education. Someone has to change this situation and that is why I am part of T1International.''

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Cyrine Farhat

Cyrine, Lebanon

''I have lived with type 1 diabetes many years and had to make so many decisions and life choices just to afford insulin. I believe that access to insulin is a human right, so I started my journey as positiveonglucose, a blog and a safe space for diabetics. I discovered T1International, who empowered and equipped me with the tools to push forward rights that are mine, yours, and the world's!''

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Johnpeter Mwolo

Johnpeter, Tanzania

''Living in Tanzania with type 1 diabetes I know how people with type 1 diabetes here are experiencing life and challenges. This will allow us to help those who are facing the same challenges in other areas. I want many people to understand type 1, and with the help of T1International we can make sure many people understand and are supported.''

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Dani Rojas

Dani, Costa Rica

''I have lived with type 1 diabetes for 27 years. I am a psychologist and diabetes educator who supports people with chronic illnesses with their physical health and also mental and emotional health. I strongly believe that people living with type one diabetes have a right to feel safe, healthy and happy in their own skin. I'm excited to continue to advocate with T1International in Costa Rica, Latin America and the world.''

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Christina Barklund

Christina, Sweden

“I am a general practice doctor based in Stockholm who has had T1D since 1996. I came to advocacy a few years ago, after a trip to visit my daughter studying medicine in Cameroon. I met a young man with type 1 who couldn’t afford to live. I hope to educate others about the challenges that people with diabetes face in places where the healthcare system is not as comprehensive as it is in my country.”

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Yemurai Machirori

Yemurai, Zimbabwe

''I have been living with diabetes since 2004 and I am passionate about access and affordability of insulin and diabetes supplies, especially for children with diabetes. I strongly believes that no child should die of diabetes and that no parent/child should have to give up their dreams because they cannot afford to give their child life.”

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Yaa Bimpeh

Yaa, Ghana

''I am a member of Diabetes Youth Care, a local organization in Ghana which aims at reaching out to Ghanaian youth living with diabetes. Having learned how to educate and motivate young persons who have the condition and to motivate them and their parents about how they can better manage and live with the condition, I am well-placed to be a global diabetes advocate for T1International.''

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Tabara Barry

Tabara, USA/Guinea

''From Guinea and living in Maryland, I have a Master's in Communication and am inspired to advocate by my son who has had type 1 diabetes since age 6. People with chronic diseases in Guinea receive no assistance for their care, and families can't afford the necessary medicines. I hope to build a community of activists, law makers, and healthcare providers to raise awareness and build power for people to fight for their rights.''

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Katarina Braune

Katarina, Germany

"I have been a diabetes activist for a long time, and I think that empowering young people and fighting for global access to insulin are some of the most important things we can do as a diabetes community. As a Medical Doctor who has worked in a refugee health unit providing aid to more than 64,000 refugees, I am particularly interested in doing more in that area along with T1International."

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Lejla Druskic

Lejla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

'' I have had type 1 diabetes for 6 years now. The healthcare system in my country is broken and corrupt. People are unaware of diabetes and its costs, and we don’t have enough care, medical professionals, or supplies to live a normal life. Even though making change is hard, we as a community need to unite. If we don’t fight for our rights – no one else will.''

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Apoorva Gomber

Apoorva, India

''I have a passion to ensure provision of health & emotional care to people with diabetes. There is a social stigma attached with having diabetes in India and many people end up with devastating complications without access to proper treatment. I believe in early diagnosis, affordable and easy access to insulin and supplies. I am exited to work with T1International to achieve this at a global level.”

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Global Advocacy Chapters

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India #insulin4all


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MENA #insulin4all


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Zimbabwe #insulin4all


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Global Advocacy Partners

T1International’s Advocacy Partners are organisations that already have established structures, goals and missions. Advocacy partners gain advocacy support from T1International and work together with the organisation on specific issues and campaigns.

Our current Global Advocacy Partners include:

Pamoja Advocacy Project Partner:

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