Insulin and Diabetes Supplies Cost Patients Their Lives

Across the globe, patients are spending an unsustainable amount for the medicine and supplies they need to simply stay alive. In many parts of the world, people are forced to pay as much as 40% (or more) of their total income on the bare minimum to manage their diabetes.

Join T1International and the #insulin4all network as we raise our voices and Fight For Five. Our network is advocating globally for a world where no one with diabetes has to spend more than 5% of their income on insulin and blood glucose testing supplies.

How Will We Achieve Our Goal?

A big part of how we will achieve our goal is through our Fight for Five Working Group. This group will work with T1International to create a defined action plan with deliverables and milestones. The plan will target High-Level actors (e.g. The World Health Organization) and work with advocates in specific focus countries (India, Pakistan, Panama, and Zimbabwe) to gather data, talk to policymakers, and push for policy change in communities to make change.

Some of the specific ways we will advocate include:

  • Motivating the WHO to define “affordable” in its 5th Global Diabetes Coverage Target as 5% or less
  • Motivating the WHO to define what it means to "have access" in its 5th Global Diabetes Coverage Target and to aim higher to ensure 100% of people with type 1 diabetes are diagnosed
  • Continuing to pressure the Big 3 Pharma companies, building on the momentum of recent USA-based insulin price cuts
  • Working with advocates in our four priority countries to create action plans and provide resources to help governments understand long-term savings to their healthcare systems and encourage them to pass policy that prioritizes diabetes funding


We are looking for individuals and organisations to support our Fight for Five Campaign. 

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