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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

Interview: Diabetes in Ghana

Interview: Diabetes in Ghana

The mission of DYC is to support young people living with diabetes in Ghana and their families. DYC focuses on providing education and medical support to encourage personal growth, knowledge acquisition and independence. Read more

Reflections On the Young Leaders in Diabetes Training

Reflections On the Young Leaders in Diabetes Training

I have now had some time to reflect on and think about the experience of the Young Leaders in Diabetes training and attendance at the World Diabetes Congress, which I am so grateful to have been a part of. I never would have believed... Read more

Interview: Diabetes in Zimbabwe

Interview: Diabetes in Zimbabwe

Yemurai highlights some pretty tough situations, noting that diabetes supplies are incredibly expensive for some people and ‘’Because of these high prices some people go for weeks without insulin because they simply can’t afford it or because they do not have any medical insurance to cover some of their medical costs.’’ Read more

Is The ‘World’ Missing From ‘World Diabetes Day’?

Is The ‘World’ Missing From ‘World Diabetes Day’?

Since 1991, November 14th has been known as World Diabetes Day, but I wonder if World Diabetes Day this year will serve to raise awareness about the biggest global problem that people with diabetes are facing – access to insulin, supplies, and education? Read more