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What's in a Name?

What's in a Name?

The goal of T1International, despite being an organization predominantly advocating for patients with type 1 diabetes and having “T1” in its name, is to help all people with diabetes gain access to the medication and supplies they need to survive. When it comes down to it, does it really matter which type of diabetes one lives with? Are those without type 1 diabetes less worthy of help? Read more

#insulin4all Demonstration Outside Sanofi in Paris

#insulin4all Demonstration Outside Sanofi in Paris

On the 8th of January, members of Diabète et Méchant, the French Chapter of T1International, demonstrated in front of Sanofi’s headquartered in Paris against their insulin price policy. The demonstration was meant to commemorate the 98th anniversary of the first successful injection of insulin in 1922. 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

Addressing Insulin Issues in Indonesia

Addressing Insulin Issues in Indonesia

As a diabetes community, we knew we had to do something. I reached out to T1International and we had a discussion, with ideas and feedback about how to advocate for the insulin needs of people with type 1 diabetes in Indonesia. I took part in a one-on-one Advocacy Training with T1International where I created a plan to resolve the limitation problem. Read more

Animal Insulin Withdrawal: Lessons for Patient Advocates Today

Animal Insulin Withdrawal: Lessons for Patient Advocates Today

Canadians, too, are struggling with the rising cost of insulin therapy, as James Elliott has noted. This situation has come about in part because governments have given 100% control of the supply of insulin to global manufacturers, three of which now control 95% of the world market. Read more

Insulin and Education Challenges in Bolivia

Insulin and Education Challenges in Bolivia

In Bolivia we don´t receive any kind of help from the government to manage our diabetes. Each patient does what they can, but it is often not enough. Everyone must pay for the necessary supplies by themselves. This is a real problem for people who do not have enough resources. Read more

HIV/AIDS and Diabetes Care in Malawi

HIV/AIDS and Diabetes Care in Malawi

Most Malawians don’t know what diabetes is. Rural Malawi, which makes up 75% of the population, has the highest diabetes incidence in Africa. Many are ignorant of the symptoms, or attribute them to witchcraft. For example, someone can have a swollen leg and they will believe they made to step on a “magic pin”. Many turn to traditional healers. Sadly, most cases go to the hospitals at a late stage and some don’t even make it that far. Read more

T1International at the UN UHC Multi-stakeholder Hearing

T1International at the UN UHC Multi-stakeholder Hearing

In particular, we call on pharmaceutical companies to show up with true solutions, not the same empty rhetoric. We are dying. There are solutions. It is times to protect rights of health and treatment for people living with diabetes and all those in desperate need of essential medicine – a vital part of health for all. Read more

Traveling to Canada for Cheaper Insulin

Traveling to Canada for Cheaper Insulin

I believe if enough people use their voice and demand change, one day I’ll be able to make a simple 10 minute drive to get my medication rather than a two day journey. Until then, I’ll keep digging for loopholes while fighting for long-term solutions, so that I can live my life as normal as possible. Everyone with type 1 diabetes should be able to focus on caring for their condition without extra unnecessary hoops to jump through. Read more

Case Studies from Kenya

Case Studies from Kenya

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in my early 20's, just when I was preparing to join college. Things turned upside down at that time because my parents could not afford to take me to college and at the same time pay for my insulin and all the tests required. I never went to college because of the costs associated with my diabetes. Read more