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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

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

Ghana World Diabetes Day Camp

Ghana World Diabetes Day Camp

It was a very wonderful and emotional moment as we listened to the stories and life experiences that were shared. The experiences shared had a common theme about them. All those who shared their experiences stated the challenge of access to insulin and diabetes supplies. Read more

The Politics of Diabetes in Nigeria

The Politics of Diabetes in Nigeria

Support of people with diabetes and other non-communicable diseases from politicians is a common trend across the developed countries, and this has propelled them to advocate, create legislation and make policies for the education, prevention, diagnosing and management of diabetes in their respective countries. This is not the case in less-developed countries around the world... Read more

Sign the Type 1 Diabetes Access Charter

Sign the Type 1 Diabetes Access Charter

T1International is advocating for insulin and other vital diabetes supplies to be made available for everyone with diabetes through their Type 1 Diabetes Access Charter. Read more

A Type 1 Perspective From Tanzania

A Type 1 Perspective From Tanzania

I do not think life with type 1 will ever be easy here. As a child with type 1 diabetes in Tanzania life is difficult due to lack of availability of personal glucose machines. Other supplies like urine strips are not found in many hospitals. Read more

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

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