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Patient Activism is Seizing the Spotlight—And Rightly So

Patient Activism is Seizing the Spotlight—And Rightly So

In today’s struggle on insulin pricing and other drugs, patient can win the day again. So our organization, People of Faith for Access to Medicines, is proud to be in support of T1International’s amazing work, from the Eli Lilly demonstration to the #insulin4all meetups in New York City and the Cincinnati area. Read more

Advocates meet for #insulin4all in Cincinnati

Advocates meet for #insulin4all in Cincinnati

“Access to insulin is a human right”: this was the central theme during a gathering of #insulin4all advocates in Cincinnati on March 25th. The group came together to focus on regional action in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana regarding insulin pricing. Advocate Angela Lautner shares her perspective. Read more

Type 1 Diabetes in Burundi: A Doctor’s Perspective

Type 1 Diabetes in Burundi: A Doctor’s Perspective

Living with diabetes is very difficult in Burundi. Most of the population is poor, so it is difficult to get medicines and equipment. The average income of one type 1 patient is 100 USD and they can spend the average of 30 USD per month for medicines only. This does not include the cost of appointments and other types of care. When you live in rural zones, it is even worse. It is hard to get regular insulin and when you get it, you face the problem of not having a refrigerator to keep the insulin cool. Read more

Advocating for Emergency Prescription Refills in Pennsylvania

Advocating for Emergency Prescription Refills in Pennsylvania

Kevin Houdeshell tragically lost his life after being unable to contact his doctor to authorize an emergency insulin prescription refill. As the mother of a son with type 1 diabetes, this is my worst nightmare. Wanting to take action to prevent this from happening again, I followed the path set out by the combined hard work of legislators and Kevin’s parents, Dan and Judy Houdeshell. Read more

Advocates meet for #insulin4all in New York City

Advocates meet for #insulin4all in New York City

More than a dozen people from all over the New York City metropolitan area gathered on February 8th at the historic LGBT Center on 13th Street in Manhattan to discuss insulin access issues in America. Read more

30 Years with Type 1 Diabetes in Kenya

30 Years with Type 1 Diabetes in Kenya

I am not as strong as before, but I made a promise to make the lives of people with diabetes more comfortable. If I don't get the help I need, at least I know my advocacy will help someone in Kenya with diabetes to get better medical care, affordable diabetic supplies and 100% government support. Read more

Healthcare for All: Calling for Change in the U.S.

Healthcare for All: Calling for Change in the U.S.

A single payer system removes greed from a place it certainly has no place. Healthcare should be constructed of an ambition to heal, not a hunger for money. Our greed driven system is dangerous, and is resulting in the death of our people. Read more

Diabetes Inequality in India

Diabetes Inequality in India

Sadly, in India diabetes is considered a flaw and it is a big taboo, especially for women. It is a disease that raises innumerable questions by those in society. Women have not just had a hard time with access to insulin and affordable healthcare, but they have also faced discrimination due to the society we live in.
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Pleas from the USA

Pleas from the USA

Why is this happening? How are millions of people slipping through the cracks? Why are we living in fear because we cannot afford to “breathe”? Insulin is oxygen; price gouging cannot go on. This is my plea—our plea— and we are in desperate need of change. Read more

Diabetes Access Guilt

Diabetes Access Guilt

Along with being grateful that I am so lucky to live in a country where I did not have to constantly think about healthcare, comes a feeling of guilt. Why am I so lucky? Why do other people die because they cannot afford insulin or because they do not even have access to it? These are questions that I am constantly asking myself. And although I know that I will never receive an answer, I still sometimes struggle with that feeling. Read more