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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

Access to Health Care in the USA

In the US we are very lucky to have access to some of the best health care methods and technology in the world. I never have to worry about where my next pen of insulin will come from and I get to try out the latest tech and choose what works best for me, for the most part... Read more

Type 1 in Sydney, NY, and Latin America

Type 1 in Sydney, NY, and Latin America

During my 16 years with type 1 diabetes I’ve experienced living and traveling with the condition all around North and Latin America. I witnessed the struggle for access to insulin in every country I visited. Here is a snapshot of my story. 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

My Fight for Information

My Fight for Information

Diabetes has been a big part of my life for a long time, but during my fall semester of my senior year at university in my International Social Work class, I decided to focus on diabetes and access to resources, specifically insulin. Read more

Taking Action Against Discrimination in Kuwait

Taking Action Against Discrimination in Kuwait

The most pressing diabetes issue in my country, Kuwait, is discrimination against people diagnosed with diabetes. This discrimination happens in social and work contexts, or even among peers and family members. 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

Stigma and other Struggles: Living with Type 1 in India

Stigma and other Struggles: Living with Type 1 in India

After my diagnosis I was told to hide my type 1 diabetes because in India any chronic illness comes with a whole lot of social stigma, even in a well-educated family. I used to go into washrooms before every meal to inject my insulin... Read more

What Needs to Change?

Insulin to treat people living with diabetes has been available for over 90 years, but why aren't there generic alternatives available for people who must spend impossible percentages of their income on their insulin supply? Read more