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A Type 1 Perspective from Siberia to Moscow

A Type 1 Perspective from Siberia to Moscow

Diabetes entered in my life when I was 7 years old It was my first year in school and at the time, I was living in a small town in the southwestern part of Eastern Siberia. I consider myself lucky: my mother is a doctor and for me the transition to my new life went quite smoothly. It is only now that I understand that our family avoided many dangerous myths. Read more

My Journey to Eli Lilly HQ for Answers

My Journey to Eli Lilly HQ for Answers

I was very nervous before going to confront the top executives of Eli Lilly and Company. But I was determined to tell them Alec’s story. They needed to hear from me what their insulin prices did to Alec, and are still doing to others. Read more

Patient Activism is Seizing the Spotlight—And Rightly So

Patient Activism is Seizing the Spotlight—And Rightly So

In today’s struggle on insulin pricing and other drugs, patient can win the day again. So our organization, People of Faith for Access to Medicines, is proud to be in support of T1International’s amazing work, from the Eli Lilly demonstration to the #insulin4all meetups in New York City and the Cincinnati area. Read more

No Blood Glucose Testing in Gaza

No Blood Glucose Testing in Gaza

"We live in a dangerous area, so it's hard to be in a good mood. There are wars, so I always trying not to be scared when I hear bombs." – Deema, living with type 1 diabetes in Gaza Read more

Open letter to Elected Officials in America from #insulin4all Advocates

Open letter to Elected Officials in America from #insulin4all Advocates

We live and vote in your states, and all of us have type 1 diabetes or love someone with the life-long, non-preventable autoimmune disease. We want to talk about the insulin pricing crisis, and we want you to make the issue part of your legislative priorities. Read more

World Health Day: Universal Health Coverage (#healthforall)

World Health Day: Universal Health Coverage (#healthforall)

Excitingly, the WHO has chosen to highlight Universal Health Coverage in 2018 by choosing it as the theme for World Health Day on April 7th. At T1International, we will use the day to continue to highlight the importance of Universal Health Coverage for people with type 1 diabetes. Read more

Advocates meet for #insulin4all in Cincinnati

Advocates meet for #insulin4all in Cincinnati

“Access to insulin is a human right”: this was the central theme during a gathering of #insulin4all advocates in Cincinnati on March 25th. The group came together to focus on regional action in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana regarding insulin pricing. Advocate Angela Lautner shares her perspective. Read more

Type 1 Diabetes in Burundi: A Doctor’s Perspective

Type 1 Diabetes in Burundi: A Doctor’s Perspective

Living with diabetes is very difficult in Burundi. Most of the population is poor, so it is difficult to get medicines and equipment. The average income of one type 1 patient is 100 USD and they can spend the average of 30 USD per month for medicines only. This does not include the cost of appointments and other types of care. When you live in rural zones, it is even worse. It is hard to get regular insulin and when you get it, you face the problem of not having a refrigerator to keep the insulin cool. Read more

Advocating for Emergency Prescription Refills in Pennsylvania

Advocating for Emergency Prescription Refills in Pennsylvania

Kevin Houdeshell tragically lost his life after being unable to contact his doctor to authorize an emergency insulin prescription refill. As the mother of a son with type 1 diabetes, this is my worst nightmare. Wanting to take action to prevent this from happening again, I followed the path set out by the combined hard work of legislators and Kevin’s parents, Dan and Judy Houdeshell. Read more

T1International Submission: WHO Independent Global High-Level Commission on NCDs

We applaud the Commission’s aim to propose bold and practical ways to curb the world’s leading causes of death and illness, and we are in complete agreement with the WHO’s support for universal health care. Patients and organizations supporting #insulin4all are eager to assist you and the staff at the World Health Organization. Read more