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Global Advocacy Success Series: Lejla Druškić, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Global Advocacy Success Series: Lejla Druškić, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Lejla Druškić, Global Advocate from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is a fearless speaker. Since joining T1International’s Global Advocacy Network in July 2021, she has been an invited speaker at the 3rd annual Congress of Diabetologists and Endocrinologists of Bosnia and Herzegovina, serving as a patient representative on a panel of patients and healthcare providers. Read more

The Next 100 Years of Insulin

The Next 100 Years of Insulin

For some, the first 100 years of insulin has been a great, life-affirming success. For others, it has been a failure, where leaders and organizations in power have chosen profits over the lives and welfare of human beings. So how will we shape the next 100 years? Read more

Global Advocacy Success Series: Zimbabwe #insulin4all

Global Advocacy Success Series: Zimbabwe #insulin4all

Established in 2021, the T1International Zimbabwe #insulin4all Chapter, led by Global Chapter Representative Laura Munyoro, has made significant strides in developing the structure of their advocacy network and taking action as community leaders. Read more

Global Advocacy Success Series: JohnPeter, Tanzania

Global Advocacy Success Series: JohnPeter, Tanzania

JohnPeter exemplifies the resilient spirit and patient perseverance that any lifelong advocate must have. He says, ''Being a Global Advocate with T1International has taught me the resilience to fight for what I believe in.'' Read more

Global Advocacy Success Series: Cyrine, Lebanon

Global Advocacy Success Series: Cyrine, Lebanon

T1International has provided tools and support to ensure Cyrine’s plans are detailed and realistic, and allowed her to connect with other advocates around the world who can offer support and guidance. Read more

Redirecting Guilt into Action

Redirecting Guilt into Action

It’s crucial that those of us who have access to insulin use our platform and privilege to fight for our community and for the people with diabetes who are solely focused on surviving. We must serve as the voice for the people with diabetes who can’t use their own because they’re bogged down working three jobs and choosing between putting food on the table for their family or insulin. Read more

Underrepresented Communities and Navigating the System

Underrepresented Communities and Navigating the System

Seven years after my diagnosis my brother was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes which made the already bad financial burden worse. Although all people with diabetes struggle with how expensive diabetes can be, immigrants and people of color often do not have access to quality health insurance (or any access) so they are less likely to benefit from advanced diabetes technology. As I got older I began to understand how difficult it is to navigate a system that makes it harder for people in underrepresented communities to get adequate care. Read more

From Patient to Medical Student: My Journey with Diabetes Treatment

From Patient to Medical Student: My Journey with Diabetes Treatment

Having lived with type 1 diabetes for more than 12 years, I have experienced different aspects of the condition. First of all, as a patient, I approach diabetes from a personal view. I can also understand how the condition affects parents of children with diabetes. It's something new, demanding and difficult to handle. The last five years, as a medical student in Greece, I have seen diabetes from yet another more practical and scientific perspective. Read more

Type 1 Diabetes, Disability, and the Role of Legislation in Advocacy

Type 1 Diabetes, Disability, and the Role of Legislation in Advocacy

It is through the recognition of injustices and assertion of our rights that we can ensure equal opportunities. T1D advocacy is emerging in India and as a collective we are highlighting these issues. Change is happening. In 2020 in Kerala High Court, a public interest litigation was filed over the issue of including T1D in the list of disabilities and creating a national registry for people with T1D. Read more

Insulin is a Right for Incarcerated People with Diabetes

Insulin is a Right for Incarcerated People with Diabetes

It is time to recognize that incarcerated people with diabetes are particularly vulnerable to insulin insecurity. #insulin4all is more than a hashtag: It is a rallying call to everyone impacted by insulin inaccessibility, and a mournful cry for all who have lost their lives while insulin remains clearly in view, but cruelly out of reach. It’s a demand for justice for everyone who needs insulin to survive, including incarcerated people with diabetes. We must find ways to meaningfully include and involve this population in our activism. Read more