T1International Year in Review: 2017

T1International Year in Review: 2017

Facebook Google LinkedIn Twitter

T1International supports 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. We are excited by how far our charity has come in the last few years. 

We are proud of being a very hard-working group of determined people living with type 1 diabetes, and so grateful for our volunteers, advocates and supporters around the world. Below we have broken down our monthly highlights, which is a good overview of our biggest achievements of 2017.

January: T1International connected with Hagens Berman about their lawsuit on insulin pricing, and encouraged people with diabetes to share their story as part of the case.

February: T1International received an update about the Insulin for Syrians campaign. The £9,388 ($12,500) raised during the Insulin for Syrians campaign was used to purchase 2,400 vials of insulin for a Syrian American Medical Society clinic in the city of Idleb, Syria.

March: T1International and global insulin access issues were featured in Foreign Affairs (pdf).

April: T1International shared information about the critical situation in Venezuela. We are continuing to communicate with people in Venezuela and those who have fled to find ways to support. No insulin can leave or enter the country, so it is a huge challenge, but our advocacy toolkit is now available in Spanish and we are sharing copies with parents doing advocacy on the ground.

May: T1International provided advocacy training in Uganda. Founder and Director Elizabeth worked with the older warriors to support them in creating an advocacy plan to get the government to provide syringes, which are essential for injecting life-saving insulin. The advocates are empowered and they are taking action locally to ensure the government steps up.

June: T1International and other organizations sent a letter to the WHO Director General-elect, encouraging more focus on diabetes and access issues.

July: T1International received a Small Charity, Big Impact award. There were over 300 entries into the first FSI Small Charity Big Impact Awards. Those selected by the judging panel won their categories as they clearly showed how they measure their impact, use it to improve their services and share it to build trust. You can see our award video on YouTube.

August: T1International began our online advocacy training programme, giving advocates in different countries around the world the tools to carry out an advocacy plan. We have trained seven advocates with plans to train at least 12 more in 2018.

September: Along with People of Faith for Affordable Medicines, T1International led a demonstration outside of Eli Lilly HQ to call for transparency and lower insulin prices. We also held an online day of action for those who were unable to attend in person, providing easy-to-follow steps for supporters to take action. We hope to do other actions like this in 2018.

October: Newly translated toolkits in French and Spanish were shared online and distributed to our partners around the world. The toolkit has now been mailed to more than 20 countries and distributed to 215 people. We also released an #insulin4all talking points guide for people to share with the government representatives and other advocates.

November: Trustee James Elliott had an article published in The Nation regarding HHS Secretary nomination Alex Azar. T1International and The Nation then partnered in an action, raising concerns about the nomination, with over 4,000 people taking part.

December: T1International also carried out a joint action with Patients for Affordable Drugs regarding value based pricing and the dangers it could bring for people living with diabetes. The action led to a meeting with Congresswoman Diana DeGette's team where T1International raised concerns of patients and discussed wider insulin access/affordability issues. 

We will always be transparent about how we earn and spend our charity funds, none of which come from sources that could compromise our independence and ability to speak out for change. The graphs below show you how our funds were used in 2017.

Income & Spending 2017

And a special thanks to the following people...

Global G1vers
Our T1International Global G1vers make a monthly contribution to T1International. These gifts range from $5 to £25 and they allow us to plan our vital work in advance. These donations make a huge difference in the lives of people with type 1 diabetes. We are so appreciative of our growing team of Global G1vers.

Trusts and Organisations
We are incredibly grateful to the Souter Charitable Trust for their £2,000 grant that will support our advocacy work. We also want to thank the Jochnick Foundation for their generous £10,632.69 grant that is making our online advocacy training possible.

T1International volunteers helped us in various areas including digital advocacy, fundraising, website support, data & IT, resource creation, and so much more. Without our crew of 30+ volunteers we would not have been able to achieve all that we did in 2017. Thank you!

Global Advocates

  • Anna Pintsuk
  • Apoorva Gomber
  • Estelle van der Hoven
  • Johnpeter Mwolo
  • Juliana Bibiano
  • Karyn Wofford
  • Katarina Braune
  • Mbolonzi Mbaluka
  • Mohammad Al-Bahar
  • Rashidat Temilade
  • Yaa Bimpeh
  • Zach Toth

Translation Volunteers

  • Léa Pruvot (French)
  • Daniel Carrillo Zapata (Spanish)
  • Juliana Rodrigues (Portuguese)

Digital Advocates

  • Nicole Smith-Holt
  • Angela Lautner
  • Allison Bailey
  • Michellè Dreeckmeier
  • Ingrid Korsgard
  • Kristy Dolph
  • Laura Williams
  • Lynsey Choules
  • Rakhee Gohil

Access Survey volunteer: Sharon Sauter

Google Adwords volunteer: Caroline Levins

#insulin4all Resource volunteer: Erin Gilmer

Salesforce Support volunteer: Barney Lewis

T-shirt Design Support: Wyatt Hill

Data Analysis Volunteer: Cheng Yong

Related posts:

T1International Year in Review: 2020

T1International Year in Review: 2020

What a year we had as a community and as an organization in 2020. There were many global challenges, as always, and COVID-19 had huge impacts across the world. Below is a taste of what, thanks to our advocates and supporters, we achieved. Read more

T1International Year in Review: 2019

T1International Year in Review: 2019

We have had a truly incredible year. Unprecedented growth is the only way to put it. The global insulin crisis continues, but the momentum to counter this crisis is growing, thanks to patients around the world standing up and fighting for their right to health. Below, we share a summary of our highlights and biggest achievements, thanks to your donations, your advocacy, and your dedication to ensuring #insulin4all becomes a reality. Read more

T1International Year in Review: 2018

T1International Year in Review: 2018

This is truly only a highlight of our proudest achievements this year, but we have worked in countless other ways to support advocacy and further our mission. We’ve held other meetings, created new resources, covered issues in new countries, been featured as Price fighting Heroes, and we are a partner in the exciting OPEN Project, adding a global access and affordability perspective to an exploration of DIY technology. Read more

My Experience as an Intern for T1International

My Experience as an Intern for T1International

In this instance I was glad to get to know all the advocacy that T1International carries out for and with people with type 1 diabetes. Working with T1International and seeing the good they can do through their social media accounts alone has proven to be really inspiring. It was great to see how one charity, through all its projects, can make such a step towards a better life for those with type 1 diabetes. Read more

T1International Year in Review: 2016

T1International Year in Review: 2016

What did T1International achieve in 2016? Lots! We raised funds to get insulin to Syrians in need, we carried out our Insulin & Supply survey to show how unaffordable type 1 diabetes really is, we launched the Type 1 Access Charter as well as the Advocacy toolkit, and so much more! Read more

T1International Year in Review: 2015

T1International Year in Review: 2015

A lot has happened in the past year, and we couldn’t be more excited to share the summary with you. We’ve split it into sections so you can skip to what most interests you, but we recommend reading it all! Read more

T1International Year in Review: 2014

T1International Year in Review: 2014

Wow. What a year it’s been for T1International and friends. We are so grateful for everyone who supported us in 2014. YOU have helped us making a difference in so many ways. Read more