Life with diabetes is complicated.
Access to vital insulin, diabetes supplies and medical care should not be.
We believe in a world where everyone with type 1 diabetes – no matter where they live – has everything they need to survive and achieve their dreams.
We work towards adequate access to insulin, diabetes supplies, medical care and education for all people living with type 1 diabetes. We do this by highlighting personal experiences, collecting better data, sharing resources and best practice, and campaigning for change. We collaborate with and support individuals and organisations on the ground that are working to make life better for people with type 1 diabetes.
It is our priority to be able to speak out and push for change, so we do not accept money from pharmaceutical companies or any other body that we feel might influence our ability to do this. We will always be transparent about where our money comes from and what we spend it on.
According to a recent WHO report, as of 2014 an estimated 422 million adults were living with diabetes around the world. The same report notes that separate global estimates of diabetes prevalence for type 1 and type 2 do not exist. This lack of data around type 1 diabetes in and of itself is a big problem.
If we apply the type 1 prevalence rate of the UK, where 10% of people with diabetes have type 1, we can estimate that more than 40 million people around the world live with type 1 diabetes. The International Diabetes Federation does make an estimate of 542,000 children living with type 1 diabetes globally (2015). However, we believe this is an underestimate because of all of the children who die before diagnosis.
What we do know for certain is that a large proportion of these people with diabetes live in places with inadequate healthcare. This means there are likely hundreds of thousands of people (or more) facing death due to lack of insulin.
Our work currently covers four areas:
Still have questions? You can download our Strategic Plan here.