Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes

Global Portraits of Type 1 Diabetes

Life with Type 1 diabetes is challenging for anyone, but more so for those who must manage the condition in resource-poor areas of the world. People living with diabetes in these settings face multiple challenges, such as the unaffordability of insulin, lack of access to care and diabetes education, political strife, and more.

The excerpts below are from interviews on of people with Type 1 in the developing world. They paint a picture – at least in part – of the challenges they face everyday. They also present the opportunity for the diabetes community to work together – using its collective compassion, determination, creativity and skill – to find sustainable solutions for the global T1D community.

Olafimihan Nasiru, a member of the Nigerian diabetes online community, shared his difficult story:

NigeriaCosts_300pxHaving to depend on insulin has brought a financial burden on me, especially now that I am without work. It has become necessary for me to secure all the medications and materials I need on my own. Additionally, the myths associated to diabetes in Africa, mostly due to ignorance, have not helped encourage me to typically disclose my diabetic status to people. For instance, I have gotten…advice ranging from direction to seek a spiritual cure to suggestion to abandon my insulin injections, with no logical alternative provided.

Erin Little is the founder of Sucre Blue, an organization that trains community health workers in Bangalore, India. She shared her insights about diabetes in India.

Erin_300pxIt is crazy to think that even now the oldest diabetic living with diabetes in India is 65. She is famous and seen as a success story, although in other parts of the world diabetics live much longer. In India, most diabetics cannot afford Lantus and Humalog so they are on regular insulin which is still too expensive. Most people do not have insurance. I feel like I’ve dealt with access and affordability in the states, but it was so shocking to see diabetics working against so many different issues. No one has the money for blood strips, so most of the patients I worked with in India show up and have no blood glucose numbers. The doctors can give them a check-up, but you can’t really guide someone’s regimen that well if there is no affordability and no education.

Widney Dorce is a young person with Type 1 diabetes from Haiti. He hopes to help establish diabetes education centers and to strengthen access to health care for people with diabetes in his country.

Widney_300pxThe healthcare system is working badly. The medical facilities are difficult to find, because there isn’t much that has been invested in the domain. Materials and supplies to control our blood sugar, as well as visits to the physician for medical supplies, are also costly. Access to insulin for the Type 1 diabetics is another big problem because it is very expensive. Getting access to insulin is one thing, storing it is another. Non-access to insulin and supplies often results in death among the Type 1 group. Sometimes Type 1 diabetics who can’t afford their insulin and supplies just turn to traditional medicines. They use tree bark, aloe, bitter coffee, and so on. Of course these cannot treat diabetes.

This World Diabetes Day, the diabetes community can work together towards the goal of ensuring that everyone has the right to stay healthy with Type 1. You also can take action by submitting your photo in support of the insulin4all campaign at The campaign, a partnership of The Pendsey Trust and T1International, aims to ensure that the entire world is remembered on World Diabetes Day.

Lead Image: Radiokafka /

Thanks for reading this Insulin Nation article. Want more Type 1 news? Subscribe here.

Have Type 2 diabetes or know someone who does? Try Type 2 Nation, our sister publication.

Elizabeth Rowley has lived with Type 1 diabetes for over 20 years. Early on, she found her passions of education and humanitarian work, which took her to London, where she received a Master’s Degree in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Elizabeth started last year and works at JDRF UK in London. Through her job, her blog, and other outlets, Elizabeth is determined to share the voices of the many people with diabetes who struggle due to lack of supplies, care, treatment, and education.

Related Articles


  1. Hello, Neat post. There is a problem together with your site
    in web explorer, might checxk this? IE still is thee market chief
    and a good portion of people will omit your magnificent wriiting due to this problem.

  2. I simply could not depart youur site before suggesting that I extremely enjoyed the usual information an individual
    supply for your visitors? Is gonna be back often in order to check up on nnew posts

  3. xswxsfrl,We have a team of experts who could get you the correct settings for Bellsouth net email login through which, you can easily configure your email account with MS Outlook.

  4. vfgvntwcthb,Very informative useful, infect very precise and to the point. Im a student a Business Education and surfing things on Google and found your website and found it very informative.

  5. Wonderful blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything.

    Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a
    paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m completely confused ..
    Any recommendations? Kudos!

  6. Thanks for your marvelous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it, you are a great author.I will ensure that I bookmark
    your blog and may come back later on. I want to encourage continue your
    great posts, have a nice morning!

  7. rxfhajiza,Thanks for ones marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it, you will be a great author.I will always bookmark your blog and will ggqxsxuo,come back from now on. I want to encourage that you continue your great writing, have a nice afternoon!

  8. lnrknadlvwo,Are you searching for top class Escort service in Noida and want to enjoy with them, hire sexy girls from top Greater Noida escort service and enjoy full night.

  9. yuniueqi Yeezy Boost,If you are going for best contents like I do, just go to see this web page daily because it offers quality contents, thanks!

  10. pgszhxxjksx,Very informative useful, infect very precise and to the point. Im a student a Business Education and surfing things on Google and found your website and found it very informative.

  11. I truly love your site.. Pleasant colors & theme. Did
    you create this web site yourself? Please reply back as I’m hoping
    to create my very own website and would like to know where you got
    this from or what the theme is called. Cheers!

  12. ptpdernozb Yeezy Boost 350,Thanks a lot for providing us with this recipe of Cranberry Brisket. I’ve been wanting to make this for a long time but I couldn’t find the right recipe. Thanks to your help here, I can now make this dish easily.

  13. yrezbsmn,Thanks for ones marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it, you will be a great author.I will always bookmark your blog and will jrxhtrwzj,come back from now on. I want to encourage that you continue your great writing, have a nice afternoon!

  14. An intriguing discussion is worth comment. There’s no doubt
    that that you ought to wriute more on this issue, it may not be a
    taboo subject but generally folks don’t discuss such topics.
    To thee next! Alll the best!!

  15. This is a good tip especially to those fresh
    to the blogosphere. Short but very precise information…
    Appreciate your sharing this one. A must read article!

  16. Whats up very cool website!! Man .. Beautiful ..
    Superb .. I will bookmark your website and take the feeds additionally?

    I am happy to seek out numerous useful information here in the post, we need
    work out more strategies in this regard, thank you for sharing.
    . . . . .

  17. Have you ever considered writing an ebook or guest authoring
    on other websites? I have a blog centered on the same information you
    discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my subscribers would enjoy your work.
    If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to send me an e mail.

  18. Excellent goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you’re just extremely fantastic.
    I really like what you’ve acquired here, certainly like what you are saying and the way in which you say
    it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it smart.
    I cant wait to read far more from you. This
    is really a great web site.

  19. Hello, i think that i saw you visited my website thus i came to go back the prefer?.I
    am attempting to find issues to improve my web site!I
    assume its adequate to make use of some of your ideas!!

  20. Because of the poor economic performance in Europe, we are facing a slowdown in global economic growth, Kudlow said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. But unlike the White House, at the policy meeting in March, the Fed did not conclude that the global economic slowdown meant that the bank should start cutting interest rates.

  21. he clearest and strongest candidate was Elizabeth Warren, Houston resident Dominique Davis told CNN. I say that because I liked her thoughts on attacking the mortality rates for women of color. She had a plan, which was very important to me. The best candidate will be someone who has a clear plan. They dont have to have all the answers, but have a plan.

  22. Unquestionably believe that which you stated.
    Your favorite reason seemed to be on the internet the simplest thing to be aware of.

    I say to you, I certainly get irked while people
    think about worries that they just do not know about.
    You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well
    as defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people
    can take a signal. Will likely be back to get more.

  23. whoah this blog is excellent i like reading your articles.
    Keep up the good work! You recognize, many people are looking around for this
    info, you could help them greatly.

  24. Now that you find out about video editing and the what exactly you need you are prepared to begin with the journey of amateur filmmaker to professional director. It took about a few months to master the language along with the raucous, discordant (to my ears) “melody. Instead of enjoying karaoke parties, it is possible to always take the music and build your personal song, by plugging it in your TV sets.

  25. Hi there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it’s really informative. I am going to watch out for brussels. I’ll appreciate if you continue this in future. A lot of people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  26. In what world, when you are sitting on the stage telling folks about your history, and you mention the fact that you were at the March on Washington with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? Turner asked. In what world do people boo that?

  27. “Normally I don’t read article on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very pressured me to take a look at and do so! Your writing style has been amazed me. Thank you, quite nice article.”

  28. Thank you a lot for sharing this with all folks you
    really know what you are speaking approximately!
    Bookmarked. Kindly additionally talk over with my website =).
    We can have a link exchange arrangement among us

  29. Pretty portion of content. I just stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to claim that I
    acquire in fact enjoyed account your weblog posts. Anyway I’ll be
    subscribing to your feeds or even I fulfillment you access constantly fast.

  30. hello!,I really like your writing very so much!
    share we be in contact more about your article on AOL?
    I need a specialist on this area to unravel my problem.
    May be that’s you! Taking a look forward to peer you.

  31. “This is very interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your wonderful post. Also, I have shared your site in my social networks!”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Back to top button