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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

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

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

Four Challenges of Life with Type 1 in Ghana

Four Challenges of Life with Type 1 in Ghana

Diabetes is responsible for thousands of disabilities and deaths in Ghana. The health system has not matured to manage diabetes effectively, especially type 1 diabetes. Studies available on type 1 diabetes care in Ghana are almost non-existent... Read more

Reflecting on my Diabetes Diagnosis in Africa

Reflecting on my Diabetes Diagnosis in Africa

I was living in Gabon, on the west coast of central Africa, at the time of my type 1 diabetes (T1D) diagnosis. I did not have common symptoms that generally go along with the discovery of T1D, such as weight loss... Read more

Two Stories of Type 1 Diabetes in Kenya

It was in late 2002 that I started falling ill. I thought I had malaria and I went to the pharmacy and bought antimalarial drugs. I took the drugs but I didn’t improve, so I decided to go to the hospital... Read more

Living in Sierra Leone with Type 1 Diabetes

Dr. Veronica Sawicki runs a charity called Help Madina. The main aim of the charity is to improve the health and well-being of the people living in the Madina district of Sierra Leone, which is one of the poorest parts of the world with shocking health statistics. Read more

Interview: Diabetes in Sierra Leone

The interview gives great insight into what people with diabetes and other health conditions in Medina, Sierra Leone face. Read more