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An update on Insulin for Syrians

An update on Insulin for Syrians

Many of you supported T1International’s Insulin for Syrians campaign last year, when we raised funds for our partner organisation, the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) to ensure that people living with diabetes amidst the crisis in Syria would be able to have access to insulin and basic supplies. Read this update about the situation now and how your donation helped. Read more

Supporting Refugees with type 1 diabetes in Germany

Supporting Refugees with type 1 diabetes in Germany

When refugees arrive in Germany and apply for asylum, the registration office and the doctors of Berlin’s refugee health department are the first people they meet. Oftentimes it is their first opportunity to see a health care professional in weeks or even months. During the past two years our health care system here in Germany has been overwhelmed by the large amount of immigrants coming to Europe. Many refugees got sick on their long and exhausting trip... 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

What Happens to Diabetics During a Humanitarian Crisis?

What Happens to Diabetics During a Humanitarian Crisis?

The crisis in Syria has torn the country apart. According to the UN special envoy for Syria, an estimated 400,000 people have been killed in the past five years of civil war. We have also seen and read about thousands more deaths among those trying to cross the Mediterranean to safety. 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

Five Struggles of Living With Type 1 in Syria

Five Struggles of Living With Type 1 in Syria

Mouhammad’s younger brother is living in Syria with type 1 diabetes. He faces many obstacles, but thanks to support from Mouhammad, who lives and works overseas, he is surviving. One of the lucky ones, Mouhammad’s brother has managed to stay safe... Read more

How You Can Help Refugees Living With Diabetes

How You Can Help Refugees Living With Diabetes

The photo of young Aylan Kurdi has focused world attention on the plight of refugees. His tragic death has shocked many and is a reminder that we are living amidst the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War. Less well known are struggles of refugees with type 1 diabetes. Read more

Syrian Refugees Struggle with Diabetes

This winter I traveled to Lebanon for a needs assessment study of Syrian refugees receiving diabetes care in Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) clinics. It’s not well-known but before the conflict began, Syria had about the same proportion of people living with diabetes as the USA... Read more

Type 1 Diabetes in War

Now, after the crisis, most hospitals and dispensaries have been destroyed, their instruments stolen. Most doctors have escaped outside of the country and we have 12 million refugees, which means half of Syrians are now out of country... Read more