Elizabeth Pfiester was born in the USA and has lived with type 1 diabetes for 26 years. She completed her Master’s degree in International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science and has a background working with non-profits, diabetes and health organisations. Elizabeth believes that where you were born should not determine whether you live or die with diabetes. She is confident that by working together we can find sustainable solutions to the complex problems faced by people with diabetes around the world. (Elizabeth[at]t1international.com)
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I have had type 1 diabetes since 2000, and I got involved with the #insulin4all movement after struggling to afford insulin myself back in 2016. After facing exorbitant costs for insulin at the pharmacy, I wanted to advocate for others who also struggled to afford it. To those considering getting involved: Welcome! We need your voice in this fight for #insulin4all.
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Nicole Smith-Holt is the mother of Alec, a T1D who passed away from DKA because he was rationing his insulin. ''I share my story of Alec's life and his death to prevent other families from going through what my family is experiencing. I believe everyone has a right to affordable quality healthcare and life saving medications, and I am proud to advocate with T1International. I look forward to a day when I no longer need to stand before a room of our elected officials and retell the story of my son’s death. I fight for the day when insulin insecurity no longer exists anywhere.''
Anbreen Slama-Chaudhry is a medical doctor who specializes in primary care, chronic disease management, patient therapeutic education, and public health. Born in Pakistan, she was raised in Geneva, where she graduated and worked as general practitioner for 15 years. She now lives in Cairo and delivers her patient-provider centered educational training program as a consultant with her company, Medical Education & Training Services. She believes health professional education to enhance chronic care management leads to empowering patients and healthy lives.
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James Elliott is a researcher of diabetes, health system policy and global health. He has been living with type 1 diabetes since age 12. He currently lives in Toronto Canada, the birthplace of insulin. James works with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the WoundPedia NGO. He is excited to work with T1International in order to raise awareness of the needless suffering that people living with diabetes in low/middle income, conflict and refugee contexts undergo and he looks forward to helping harness the collective voice and power of the global diabetes community.
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Fiona Conner owns and runs a price comparison website, with varied experience from biotechnology to web projects. Her daughter developed type 1 diabetes at the age of three. Fiona grew up in a developing country and has first-hand experience of under-resourced healthcare. She is excited to work with T1International as they give people worldwide the chance to tell their own stories. She is passionate about changing the way spending on type 1 is prioritised by governments and wants to see a world where everyone has access what they need to manage this challenging condition.
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Fran Quigley is a clinical professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, and coordinates the advocacy group Faith in Healthcare. Fran is a longtime human rights activist and writer, having written articles focusing on access to healthcare as a human right published in the New York Times and Foreign Affairs, among other publications. He is also the author of four books, including Prescription for the People: An Activist’s Guide to Making Medicines Affordable to All. Fran is inspired by T1I’s commitment to patient leadership, and sees that model as the world’s best opportunity for achieving access to medicines and healthcare for all.
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‘‘After a lot of research, T1International’s website made me realize that although I have been fortunate to have access to insulin and a great medical team there are so many people with type 1 diabetes that do not have the resources to manage their diabetes. This is why I am happy to be part of this great organization, targeting real issues for people with type 1 diabetes.’’
''I believe that health should be a right, not a privilege. If you have diabetes in Bolivia, you have to be lucky to life a full, healthy life. It is not easy to get all the necessary supplies for good control, and nobody receives the proper education. Someone has to change this situation and that is why I am part of T1International.''
''Living in Tanzania with type 1 diabetes I know how people with type 1 diabetes here are experiencing life and challenges. This will allow us to help those who are facing the same challenges in other areas. I want many people to understand type 1, and with the help of T1International we can make sure many people understand and are supported.''
“I strongly believe that each person diagnosed with diabetes should have access to medication, proper education to learn how to cope with and manage this condition the proper way, to be able to live a healthy and a productive life free from complications. That’s why I support T1International.''
"I have been a diabetes activist for a long time, and I think that empowering young people and fighting for global access to insulin are some of the most important things we can do as a diabetes community. As a Medical Doctor who has worked in a refugee health unit providing aid to more than 64,000 refugees, I am particularly interested in doing more in that area along with T1International."
''I am a memeber of Diabetes Youth Care, a local organization in Ghana which aims at reaching out to Ghanaian youth living with diabetes. Having learned how to educate and motivate young persons who have the condition and to motivate them and their parents about how they can better manage and live with the condition, I am well-placed to be a global diabetes advocate for T1International.''
''I have a passion to ensure provision of health & emotional care to people with diabetes. There is a social stigma attached with having diabetes in India and many people end up with devastating complications without access to proper treatment. I believe in early diagnosis, affordable and easy access to insulin and supplies. I am exited to work with T1International to achieve this at a global level.”
"I believe health is a human right. As a lawyer and type 1 diabetic myself with many other health conditions, I know the intricacies of navigating complicated systems to have even the most basic healthcare needs met. I volunteer to bring my background in law and patient advocacy to ensure that all diabetics have access to insulin and healthcare."
As an individual living with type 1 diabetes since childhood, T1International's mission is extremely important to me personally. I really enjoy working on the AdWords account in order to help users worldwide find the T1International website, access the great resources available and discover ways to get involved.
''T1International made me realize that having access to insulin and healthcare is a privilege not to be taken for granted. I volunteer to bring my background in mathematics and data science to bridge the gap between data and advocacy. As a type 1 diabetic myself, volunteering here has given me a sense of community. ''
"Bringing knowledge about the issues related to diabetes is essential if we want to improve patients' condition. Thanks to T1International, awareness and information about diabetes can be spread all around the world in order to try and help. I support this great action by translating the charity's resources."
''As a person living with Type 1 Diabetes, I am dedicated to using my skills to improve the lives of children with T1 by making learning about it fun and engaging. T1International are tackling an incredibly important issue, so it’s been a pleasure to work with them on their designs. I really look forward seeing what we can create together in the future!''
''As a clinical researcher, I have seen firsthand how patient communities can have great influence on policy and research. As a type 1 diabetic, I am committed to helping other diabetics have affordable access to insulin and quality medical care.''