What causes 63% of all deaths in the world? If you guessed AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria, you’d be wrong. It’s actually non-communicable diseases, with the top four being cancer, diabetes, heart disease and lung disease. It costs governments billions of dollars in both healthcare costs and loss in worker productivity, and that’s just one of the many reasons why a delegation of heads of state, ministers of Foreign Affairs and Health, and representatives from NGOs…Read more »
According to the World Health Organization, diabetes affects 285 million people. Since we know they don’t all live in the United States, we have been (virtually) traveling around the world to learn what life with diabetes is like elsewhere, visiting countries like Spain, Serbia and England.
Today, Margot Vanfletern, a 17-year-old student living in Belgium who’s had type 1 diabetes since she was two-and-a-half years old, shares what it’s like in her country. Margot lives…
A few weeks ago, as part of the Roche Diabetes Social Media Summit, we had the pleasure of meeting and hearing from Jean-Claude Mbanya, the President of the International Diabetes Federation. Jean-Claude gave an impassioned speech at dinner about the plight of underprivileged children in developing countries, many of whom die because of lack of access to insulin. Which is shocking and devastating, considering it has been almost 90 years since the discovery of insulin.…Read more »
We’ve had the privilege of featuring several folks in the global D-community over the past few months, and we’re really excited to bring you this latest edition from Serbia.
If you’re like us, you might need to check where Serbia is on a map. Formerly part of Yugoslavia, it’s located in the middle of the Balkans, land-locked and surrounded by nearly a dozen countries, including Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria. Our guest today is Ninoslav, who…
Wow, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) works fast! Following the Roche Social Media Summit, where their head of communications Isabella Platon presented, it took just a few days for them to connect with us D-bloggers and turn around a national postcard-writing campaign that could potentially pack a huge global punch:
The goal is to get President Barack Obama to show up and present at the upcoming UN Summit on global health issues (non-communicable diseases) on…Read more »