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Life with diabetes is complicated.

Access to vital insulin, diabetes supplies and medical care should not be.

Our Vision

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.

Our Mission

We support local communities by giving them the tools they need to stand up for their rights so that access to insulin and diabetes supplies becomes a reality for all.

Our Finances

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.

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About the Issue

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.

There are estimates that more than 40 million people around the world live with type 1 diabetes. A large proportion of people with diabetes live in places with inadequate healthcare, which means there are likely hundreds of thousands of people (or more) facing death due to lack of insulin.


Key Facts

  • 50% of people around the world in need of insulin cannot reliably access it because it is unavailable, unaffordable, or both (2015)
  • The average annual per-patient cost of insulin in the USA has increased from $231 to $736 in the last 10 years (2016)
  • In Syria, up to 77% of income can be spent on diabetes supplies (2016)
  • Monthly costs for diabetes supplies in Brazil can be as much as $700, or 82% of a person’s income (2016)
  • In Fiji, up to 80% of the average monthly income can be spent on diabetes costs (2016)
  • Full diabetes management in Kenya could cost about $120 per month, but the average monthly salary in Kenya is $216 (2016)
  • In the USA, discontinuation of insulin use was the leading cause of diabetic ketoacidosis in 68% of people in a US inner city setting (2011)

T1International makes lasting change in four ways:

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Raising Awareness

We remain people-focused by sharing the voices of those living with type 1 diabetes around the world to raise awareness of the issues

Raising Awareness

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Sharing Knowledge

We serve as a knowledge hub to give a clear picture of the issues, offer resources, and signpost people and organisations to further information that can support them

Sharing Knowledge

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Sharing Data

We push for and collect the best data and statistics to ensure we are tackling the problems in the best way and reaching the most underserved populations

Sharing Data

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Campaigning

We advocate and campaign for long-term change and we empower advocates to do the same so that our vision becomes a reality

Campaigning

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