Last month, I attended a meeting with the Helmsley Charitable Trust folks in New York, brainstorming with some community leaders on how we can best work together to make life better for people with type 1 diabetes everywhere. One of the folks I met on that trip was Merith Basey, the young, enthusiastic Director of International Operations at the Virginia-based non-profit organization AYUDA (American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad). Some things that Merith told me about…Read more »
Some of you may remember Jonny White from the post we wrote recently on his documentary film project called Welcome to Type 1. Jonny lives in Nova Scotia, Canada, and works as a lecturer in Media Psychology at Fielding Graduate University and at UCLA Extension. He’s also an all-around diabetes advocate, diagnosed himself with type 1 at age 15. Most recently, he’s been instrumental in launching a sweeping new international diabetes advocacy “task force” of…Read more »
This past spring, one of our Grand Prize winners of the 2011 DiabetesMine Design Challenge was 26-year-old Luciana Urruty, from Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. As a former fashion designer and a type 1 diabetic for 12 years, Luciana entered the competition with a concept called BLOB, a small, colorful device that discreetly delivers insulin. This is especially important for Luciana, because in Uruguay, insulin injections are essentially the only way for people with diabetes…Read more »
November is nearly upon us, which means the biggest month in diabetes advocacy is about to begin! As most of you know, November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and don’t forget to circle Nov. 14 in blue — that’s World Diabetes Day.
World Diabetes Day was launched unofficially in the mid-1980s by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), and then was crystalized in 2007 when a UN Resolution was passed, acknowledging diabetes as a global epidemic…
All across the world, countries are facing a difficult economic time. But there are few places in the developed world in as critical condition as Greece, where unemployment has reached staggering heights. Like the U.S., Greece’s healthcare is built on private insurance companies, and nowadays, more and more people with diabetes are unable to afford their medications.
In our continuing series on diabetes across the globe, Lena Zafeiriou, a 37-year-old type 1 living in Athens,…