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An Interview with Professor Jean-Claude Mbanya

Our trustee James Elliott was recently in the African nation of Cameroon. While at the University of Yaoundé, he had the opportunity to speak with Professor Jean Claude Mbanya, a leading voice for people with diabetes in Cameroon, Africa and the World. We hope you enjoy reading their conversation, which has been edited for length and clarity. Read more

Mexico Needs More Diabetes Advocacy

Mexico Needs More Diabetes Advocacy

Just a few hours after World Diabetes Day the media in Mexico was frightening. According to the press, diabetes has become the number one cause of death in Mexico. We all know that it is actually the complications of diabetes, due to a lack of adequate treatments and insulin, that is killing our peers...
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Diabetes Debt: 3 Stories

Diabetes Debt: 3 Stories

When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 38 years ago (March of 1979), my insulin cost my parents $10 a vial. Now, my co-pay for my insulin is $40 for the brand my insurance company wants me to use, or $60 for the brand that works better for me. If I choose to use my local pharmacy, and get my supplies for 3 months at a time, I have to pay the full amount of $120 for each Rx. If I use the insurance company and get everything via the mail, I only save $20. Read more

International Women's Day: Celebrating Sonia Nabeta

International Women's Day: Celebrating Sonia Nabeta

In the world of Type 1 diabetes (T1D), “warriors” are the valiant people living with this chronic condition. Sonia Nabeta was one such warrior, who for 16 years believed that her T1D diagnosis was a gift. Until her earthly candle was snuffed out in August 2015, she was convinced that T1D knocked on her door to sharpen attributes that otherwise would have lain dormant! She credited this ailment for many of her salient qualities, especially her diligence and discipline but most of all her compassion. Read more

The Cold Cost of American Capitalism

The Cold Cost of American Capitalism

My life is a roller coaster ride of uncertainty. I just want the tools I need to manage my life and to experience a semblance of happiness. Instead, I am squabbling with insurance and pharmaceutical companies to provide the care that I believe is my natural human right. The injustices experienced by type 1 diabetics in this country amount to a form of massacre. Read more

Diabetes and the “American Dream”

Diabetes and the “American Dream”

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 12, after my mom noticed I had lost an extreme amount of weight after three days at summer camp. She had my uncle, a type 2 diabetic test my blood sugar, like he had many times before because of my fascination with medical equipment. Except this time, something was wrong. Read more

America is Number 1 - in Diabetes Costs

America is Number 1 - in Diabetes Costs

Everyone likes being #1, and Americans are no exception. Few Americans will be celebrating that they have the world’s highest out of pocket costs for insulin and other life-saving diabetes supplies. Read more

An update on Insulin for Syrians

An update on Insulin for Syrians

Many of you supported T1International’s Insulin for Syrians campaign last year, when we raised funds for our partner organisation, the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) to ensure that people living with diabetes amidst the crisis in Syria would be able to have access to insulin and basic supplies. Read this update about the situation now and how your donation helped. Read more

Supporting Refugees with type 1 diabetes in Germany

Supporting Refugees with type 1 diabetes in Germany

When refugees arrive in Germany and apply for asylum, the registration office and the doctors of Berlin’s refugee health department are the first people they meet. Oftentimes it is their first opportunity to see a health care professional in weeks or even months. During the past two years our health care system here in Germany has been overwhelmed by the large amount of immigrants coming to Europe. Many refugees got sick on their long and exhausting trip... Read more

Diabetes in Russia

Diabetes in Russia

Last February, I had the opportunity to leave my rural Cheshire home for a week to travel to Moscow. While there, I met with 3 women with diabetes. We shared stories and compared experiences, and my eyes were opened to the vastly different challenges that they face. Read more