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A Battle for Insulin in South Africa

A Battle for Insulin in South Africa

After visiting the pharmacy for the first time this year for my diabetic supplies, I walked out thinking how fortunate I am to have medical aid covering my insulin and test strip while there are so many people worldwide who battle to afford their insulin... Read more

Tanzania, Type 1 and Privilege

Tanzania, Type 1 and Privilege

I am so lucky. I don’t think this is something that is written much here, but I am. Living here has made me realise this. Two years ago I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I had just accepted a teaching contract at an international school in Tanzania... Read more

Access to Health Care in the USA

In the US we are very lucky to have access to some of the best health care methods and technology in the world. I never have to worry about where my next pen of insulin will come from and I get to try out the latest tech and choose what works best for me, for the most part... Read more

What Happens to Diabetics During a Humanitarian Crisis?

The crisis in Syria has torn the country apart. According to the UN special envoy for Syria, an estimated 400,000 people have been killed in the past five years of civil war. We have also seen and read about thousands more deaths among those trying to cross the Mediterranean to safety. Read more

Type 1 in Sydney, NY, and Latin America

Type 1 in Sydney, NY, and Latin America

During my 16 years with type 1 diabetes I’ve experienced living and traveling with the condition all around North and Latin America. I witnessed the struggle for access to insulin in every country I visited. Here is a snapshot of my story. Read more

T1International in Kenya: Part 3

T1International in Kenya: Part 3

T1International recently had the opportunity to visit Kenya, and spent some time with our type 1 Global Advocate, Mbolonzi, who runs a non-profit called Diabetes Awareness Prevention and Management Kenya (DAPMK). We were lucky to join their meet up for people with diabetes. Read more

T1International in Kenya: Part 2

T1International in Kenya: Part 2

T1International went to Kenya to support an NCD Child advocacy workshop there. While in Eldoret, we visited the diabetes clinic and then headed to Nairobi. This is part 2 of our series of blog posts from the visit. Read more

T1International in Kenya: Part 1

T1International in Kenya: Part 1

T1International had the opportunity to visit Kenya and went on a clinic visit to Moi University Teaching Hospital in Eldoret. Read more

‘‘It would be cheaper for me to die’’

‘‘It would be cheaper for me to die’’

Since sharing our initial survey data about out-of-pocket costs for insulin and diabetes supplies, we have received even more responses. With an overwhelming number of USA respondents, our survey has collected comment after comment about the outrageous costs faced by Americans who must contend with this financial burden... Read more

Exorbitant Diabetes Costs Must be Addressed

Exorbitant Diabetes Costs Must be Addressed

The WHO has chosen ‘beat diabetes’ as the theme for World Health Day this year, ignoring those who cannot afford or obtain their vital and essential medicines. The theme is insensitive and ignorant to those living with diabetes whose lives are most in jeopardy... Read more