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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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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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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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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I have diabetes; diabetes does not have me! – by Ian Tonge

In this global postcard, we hear from Ian who was diagnosed with diabetes when he was only two years old. Times has changed since then, and with that, diabetes management and technologies. Ian reflects on these changes and the big changes in his life that has brought him here. My name is Ian. I am…

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The Diabetes Online Community, COVID-19 and Ramadan – by Heba Ismail

How does being a pharmacist impact your own diabetes management? Heba Ismail who is a pharmacist living with type 1 diabetes in the UAE shares her story. During this time of COVID-19 and Ramadan, Heba also reminds us that we are never alone in our diabetes management, especially with the diabetes online community. We are…

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