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About T1International
T1International is a global diabetes advocacy organisation that supports local communities by giving them the tools that they need to stand up for their rights so that access to insulin and diabetes supplies becomes a reality for all.

About the 2022 #insulin4all Summit: Health is Wealth
Our annual event is an opportunity for advocates from around the world to learn from each other, build community, and take action in the fight for #insulin4all. The summit is open to the public and features the incredible advocacy work of T1Interational and our wider community. This year’s summit theme is Health is Wealth: Calling Big Pharma to put health over corporate profits.

2022 Program Session List

11 am ET: Opening and Welcome


11:10 am ET: Advocacy Stories 
An empowering session that highlights four incredible activists and their personal journeys to advocacy.

  • Speakers: Arina Parkhomova, Sa'ra Skipper, Yaa Bimpeh, Kuda Chihata
  • Moderated by Allison Hardt, T1International Advocacy Manager

12 pm ET: Keynote Conversation with Abdul El-Sayed 


12:20 pm ET: Ethical Fundraising 
Hear from the T1International team about our approach to fundraising, which demonstrates our values and patient-led work. Learn from supporters why it is so important to support the pharma-free work of the organisation. 


12:25 pm ET: Global Advocacy Panel 
Advocates from around the world share updates on the insulin crisis in their countries, and how they are advocating to overcome the challenges faced with access and affordability where they live.

  • Speakers: Kat Nagel, Laura Munyoro Kangulu, Christina Barklund, Mohammed Seyam
  • Moderated by Katie Souris, T1International Global Advocacy Consultant 

1:40 pm ET: Keynote with Charlene Carruthers 


1:45 pm ET: Change Through Grassroots Organizations in Latin America
Join advocates from across Latin America as they dig into the importance of grassroots organizing, drawing on their personal experiences in their communities. This session will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles, with a live Q&A in English following the conversation.

  • Speakers: Daniela Rojas, Marian Garcia de Alba, Laura Ortiz Pinell
  • Moderated by Pilar Gomez, T1International Global Advocacy Partner Rep

2:30 pm ET: Take Action with T1International
T1International and #insulin4all advocates have a history of taking direct action. Learn about our powerful actions from the past and what we're planning for October 2022.


2:50 pm ET: Communities of Color Panel: Taking Care
This live panel discussion explores caregiving in communities of color. It brings together diverse perspectives from across the globe to explore how multiple identities can intersect and influence the reality of giving care in the diabetes community, and the value (and challenge) of caring for yourself while you care for others.

  • Speakers: Qadeera Baghban, Tracy Ramey, Tonya Hegamin, Yemurai Machirori
  • Moderated by Cameron J. Hall, T1International Trustee

3:35 pm ET: Closing Message from Jonathan Van Ness

More About Our Speakers

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed is a physician, epidemiologist, educator, and public communicator. He is a Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence at the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, formerly the health director for the city of Detroit, and candidate for governor of Michigan in 2018. He is a proud member of the AFT, SEIU, AAUP, and National Writers Union.

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Charlene Carruthers

Charlene Carruthers

Charlene A. Carruthers is a writer, filmmaker, and a PhD student in the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University. Her work spans more than 15 years of community organizing across racial, gender and economic justice movements. As the founding National Director of Black Youth Project 100, she worked alongside hundreds of young Black activists to build a national base dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people.

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Sa'Ra Skipper

Sa'Ra Skipper

Sa’Ra Skipper is a national patient advocate who has lived with type 1 diabetes since the age of 5. After rationing and sharing insulin with her sister who also lives with type 1 diabetes, Sa’Ra became vocal about the need for affordable insulin. Since becoming an advocate, she has testified in front of the United States Committee on Oversight and Reform. She also met with current President of the United States Joe Biden in 2021.

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Yaa Bimpeh - workshop

Yaa Bimpeh

Yaa Bimpeh Amoah is from Ghana, West Africa and has been living with type 1 diabetes for 20 years. She is a global partner representative for diabetes youth care (DYC), a peer support group for young Ghanaians living with type1 diabetes, and a Pamojan Advocate. She is a passionate diabetes advocate, creating awareness in every way she sees possible.

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Arina Parkhomova

Arina Parkhomova

Arina Parkhomova has been a type 1 diabetic since November 1997 and a T1International Digital Advocate since October 2021. She is currently learning Cornish and is proud to be a part of the Cornish language revitalisation. She also loves music and has recently enrolled in acting classes. She believes in the limitless power of endorphins.

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Kuda Chihata

Kuda Chihata

Kudakwashe Chihata is an admitted Attorney at Law, Conveyancer and Notary Public, a holder of an LLB from the Great Zimbabwe University, and LLM (Masters in Law) candidate with the University of Botswana. He has great passion for medical, health, and human rights law, which led him to join the T1International #insulin4all Zimbabwe Chapter. He seeks to impact the world by driving progressive health care policy and law reform.

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Kat Nagel

Kat Nagel

Dr. Kathryn Nagel was born in the USA and has lived with type 1 diabetes for the past 30 years. She works as a physician in Boston, Massachusetts in both pediatric and adult endocrinology. She has been a member of T1International since 2019, initially serving as the policy lead in the Connecticut State Chapter and now serving on the USA Federal Working Group.

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Laura Munyoro Zimbabwe

Laura Munyoro Kangulu

Laura Munyoro Kangulu (BPharm, PgDip Diabetes) is a Managing Pharmacist at Helpstream Pharmacy and a T1International Global Chapter Representative for Zimbabwe #insulin4all. She is part of healthcare teams that focus on education for people with diabetes, work she was inspired to do through caring for her mother with diabetes. She is passionate about advocating for long-term solutions that can reduce the disease burden on the patients and their household.

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Mohammed M. Seyam Summit 2022

Mohammed Seyam

Mohammed Seyam is a 23-Year-old doctor who's been living with type 1 diabetes for the past 11 years. He is a passionate diabetes and NCDs advocate, a certified diabetes educator, the MENA Chapter Representative at T1International, and a Young Leader in diabetes representing Palestine in the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).

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Daniela Rojas Summit 2022

Daniela Rojas Jiménez

Daniela Rojas is a psychologist who works with people living with diabetes, and has been a type
1 diabetes patient for 30 years. She is a diabetes educator and an advocate for the type 1 community in Costa Rica and Latin America. She is also a board member of Asociación Día Vida in CR, a diabetes camp organizer and a member of the WHO TAG-D.

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Marian García de Alba Workshop 2021

Marian García de Alba

Marian Garcia de Alba has lived with type 1 diabetes since April 2006, and is eager to make a difference for people in México. She believes that access to insulin is a human right. She is an ESL & Preschool Teacher with diplomas in Child Development and Neurodevelopment, and Health Promotion For People With t1d. She is currently studying for a Psychology Degree.

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Laura Ortiz Pinell - Summit 2022

Laura Ortiz Pinell

Laura Ortiz lives in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. She has type 1 diabetes, and uses an insulin pump and a CGM. She is an architect and interior designer, and has volunteered in camps focused on diabetes education in Bolivia since 2009, as well as in collaboration with the youth camp in Chile in 2017. She is a Global Advocate for Bolivia with T1International.

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Qadeera Baghban India

Qadeera Baghban

Qadeera Baghban lives in India and has been living with type 1 diabetes for the past 25 years. She also has ischaemic heart disease and uses an insulin pump. She is a paediatrician and diabetes educator who believes diabetes advocacy can bring major change in our communities. Qadeera is the Chapter Representative for T1International's India Chapter.

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Tracy Ramey Workshop 2021

Tracy Ramey

Tracy Ramey's daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2018. Since that day she has been aware of the disparities in healthcare and lack of knowledge surrounding type 1 diabetes. She has been the Communities of Color Outreach Lead for the Ohio #insulin4all since the summer of 2020.

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Yemurai Machirori Workshop 2021

Yemurai Machirori

Yemurai is a hotelier by profession but her passion lies in helping people living with diabetes, especially children living with type 1 diabetes. She believes that no child should ever give up their dreams because their parents cannot afford the insulin that they need to survive. Yemurai has been living with diabetes for 17 years.

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More About Health is Wealth
The pharmaceutical industry claims that the health of people is their top priority while they continue to bring in billions in profit, showing their true priority. Big Pharma has continued to raise the price of insulin at the expense of countless people’s health. For too many, health is unattainable because of broken systems driven by greed.

Being healthy doesn’t look one way and health isn’t attainable in the same ways for all bodies. As a community facing multiple health challenges, we hope this summit can both highlight pharma’s false narratives about health and support our advocates to care for themselves while they fight for change.