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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Enhancing the Lives of People with Type 1 Diabetes in India – by the Diabetes India Youth in Action (DIYA) team

At Beta Change, we love hearing about and working with like-minded individuals and groups. In this Global Postcard, we will hear from the Diabetes India Youth in Action (DIYA) to learn about how they are providing support to young people living with type 1 diabetes in India. What is DIYA about? DIYA exists with a…

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Minisode: Supporting Children with Diabetes Through the KATIL Charitable Foundation

Catch up on Katie’s conversation with Anna, a beneficiary of Armenia’s major charitable foundation for children with diabetes called the KATIL Charitable Foundation. “Katil” means “drop” in Armenian, and we talked about what the foundation has been doing to better the lives of people with diabetes – and how those projects could be affected by…

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Africa Diabetes Alliance: Empowering Advocacy in Africa – by Edith Mukantwari

Edith, co-founder of Africa Diabetes Alliance (ADA), wrote us an inspiring Global Postcard from Kampala, Uganda following our recent Minisode. Read on to learn about how ADA seeks to disarm diabetes myths daily and nurture a vibrant, engaged, informed, and empowered community of young people living with diabetes in Africa. As a youth-led organisation, Africa…

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