Type 1 Diabetes in the Developing World

diabetes-environmental-factors-insulinMany of you already know I’m not a native Australian. I was born in a little corner of South America in front of the Caribean. A beutiful country unfortunately plagged with many of the problems of the developing world.

I’m extremely lucky for a number of reasons. In the diabetes side of things, I was diagnosed as an adult, which means that I didn;t have to deal with the extra burden or growing up with D. More importantly, I was diagnosed here in Australia, were we have an advanced health system.

Not everyone is as lucky as I am.  There are 84 million people with Diabetes in the developing world, and this number is expected to increase to 228 million by 2030. Unfortunately, these people are the ones that have less resources available to manage the condition. The health system in most developing countries is also in much poorer shape.

ecuadorsmThere is a number of organisations trying to improve the lifes of people with Type 1 diabetes in  developing countries. my favourite is Insulin for Life a not-for-profit organisation that collects and distributes insulin and other diabetes supplies that would otherwise be wasted. This supplies are then distributed to places like Bolivia, Ecuador, Kosovo, Zimbawe and 65 other countries.

There is no easy solution to this problem. For many of us, it’s a matter of keeping our diabetes under control while we have a cure. In the developing world, however, many people die because they don’t have access to the basic tools to manage the condition. If a cure is important for everyone with D, it is even more needed for people in vulnerable situations.



2 Responses to Type 1 Diabetes in the Developing World

  1. Sue says:

    Awesome Henry, thanks!! Lovely surprise for IFL, which is such a worthy cause. Insulin wastage in the western world is staggering! The more resources IFL receives like donations to help with freight, the more lives can be saved. Anyone interested can donate with PayPal from the website, or use the Contact Us page on the site. Use the link in the blog post or here:


  2. Cynthia Kahn says:

    Another group that I’d recommend knowing about is American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad (AYUDA). “AYUDA’s programs aim to provide children and adolescents living with diabetes in the developing world the education and empowerment they need to live happy, healthy, and long lives as leaders in the international community.” http://www.ayudainc.net/

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