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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

Interview: Diabetes in Rwanda

Interview: Diabetes in Rwanda

Meet Laurien. He’s a Research Specialist in Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. He’s originally from Rwanda and has supported programmes and research into helping people with type 1 diabetes. Needless to say, he’s a pretty awesome person. Read more

Nasiru’s Story: Living with Type 1 diabetes in Nigeria

Nasiru’s Story: Living with Type 1 diabetes in Nigeria

This is a difficult story to share, but it has strong elements of perseverance and hope because the person who shared it with me is living with diabetes in situation that makes every day difficult. I connected with Olafimihan Nasiru a few months ago, thanks to the Nigerian Online Diabetes Community and he offered to share his diabetes story with me. Read more

Interview: Diabetes in West Africa

Interview: Diabetes in West Africa

Over a year ago I received an email from George, who has been doing some difficult but very important work with diabetes in West Africa. Since our first communication we have been in touch supporting each other, and it is about time I shared George’s story... Read more