Minisode: Talking About Diabetes in the Family Unit

Join Fi and Megan, two state winners of the Credentialed Diabetes Educators (CDE) of the year award in Australia as they chat about adapting life to a diabetes diagnosis within the family. Check it out below!

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Nigeria Diabetes Online Community (NGDOC) and diabetes advocacy work in Nigeria and Africa – by Debbie Bunmi

In 2012, when there was a lot of uncertainty in Nigeria, seven undergraduates of a reputable university started a discussion in their dormitory about the state of healthcare and diabetes awareness in Nigeria. This led to the creation of the Nigeria Diabetes Online Community (NGDOC) in 2013. Just nine days after this official launch on…

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(Uganda) Atina Glow Initiatives – by Anita K Ninsiima

Atina Glow Initiatives (AGI) is a public health NGO dedicated to advocating for people living with diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Uganda. I started AGI in September 2019 with the aim of sustaining the livelihoods of people living with these conditions and reducing the incidence of cases. Today, AGI is a women-founded organization…

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Living with Diabetes in the Maldives – by Juzan Mohamed

10 years after my diabetes diagnosis, no matter how much I always wanted to keep hoping, believing, and praying, there were several times that I almost thought, “I’m not going to make it this time. I’m probably going to die on this hospital bed”. Today, I’m a special educational needs teacher and a member of…

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Navigating Life and Diabetes During COVID Times

What a year 2020 has been! COVID-19 has, without a doubt, thrown a spanner in our lives and left us scrambling trying to adapt to a “new normal.” We’ve seen this impact our team at Beta Change in numerous ways too – from sudden change in workload, being stranded away from our loved ones, to…

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Tina’s Type One & Studying Abroad – by Tina Mallia

Back in April 2018, after a long day at university, I went home to find a letter of acceptance to study abroad on an Erasmus programme. Erasmus allows students to study in another European country for a couple of months – I had applied to study in Scotland for around five months, and as ecstatic…

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An Unexpected DiaJourney – by Ronaldo Pineda Wieselberg

There are some people who use their life problems as their best qualities. I could say that I am one of these people. Back in 1993, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and even knowing I wanted to become a physician, the topic “diabetes” was totally unknown. However, my life was turned upside-down, and…

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Minisode: Diabetes Care in Kyrgyzstan

In this minisode, Ashley chats with Valeriia, an endocrinologist and professor at the International Higher School of Medicine in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, as they discuss access to insulin and diabetes management tools, the impact of COVID-19 on higher education teaching, and other topics around diabetes care and education. Check it out below!

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Minisode: Debbie’s Diabetes Hub & #NGDOC

In this minisode, we sit down with Debbie Bumni about her diabetes journey, advocating during COVID-19 times and what the future looks like for diabetes advocates. We hear about her Diabetes Hub as well as the Nigeria Diabetes Online Community (@theNGdoc on Twitter). Check it out below!

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Finding Diabetes Support Through Art & Positivity – by Suzy

Suzy is an artist and painter from Moscow who wrote to us about how she sees her life with diabetes through the lens of her sketches – and how much the diabetes online community means to her! We’re excited to share her postcard in English and Russian. Be sure to check out her work on…

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