Overcoming Challenges with Diabetes – by Kamila

This year marks sixteen years since I was diagnosed with diabetes. I am now 32 years old, a teacher, the editor of Diastyl magazine – my country’s only diabetes magazine published by the IDF member organization VAZ Diabetiku Ceské Republiky – and above all, the mother of a two-year-old son.  I still remember the day…

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Diabetes Care During COVID Times – by the Diabetes Community Care Team

The Diabetes Community Care Team (DCCT) is a nonprofit, pharmacist-operated diabetes clinic which increases opportunities for people living with diabetes to access medical care and education. Our Mission is to help people with all types of diabetes manage the challenges of living with a chronic disease and mitigate barriers to care including financial, psychological, and…

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Dear friend, I will keep fighting for you – by Adrianna

Dear Friend,  I am writing this letter because I don’t feel ok about the injustice in this world and that my life is easier than yours. How is this, you ask?  We were both diagnosed 10 years ago with type 1 diabetes in Poland, our home country. We were 17 at the time. I remember…

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Insulin Crisis in Iran – by Mahsa

I’m a 20-year-old girl and I was diagnosed in 2019 (just under a year and a half ago. I live in Tehran. I love dancing and singing. This year I’ve made lots of friends who also have diabetes, and reading English books is another interest that I’ve recently discovered.  It’s been a real tough year.…

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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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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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Changing Diabetes through New Advocacy – by AcT1ve Diabetes

The members of ACT1VE Diabetes share how they completed a challenging task in 2019 to define and present ways life with diabetes can be improved in the Philippines! Read their story in English and Tagalog: Read in English:  It all started with a message from Dr. Francis Pasaporte, Director of the Rainbow Camp, inviting young…

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Annual Reports

Annual reports are a great way for us to reflect on our achievements and the work that we’ve done. They are also a great way for you to learn more about who we are, what we stand for and what we do. Check out our past annual reports below!

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#insulin4all

Catch a glimpse of the #insulin4all movement in this Beta Change Global Postcard from NYC, where one of six vigils was held to remember people in the diabetes community who died because insulin was unaffordable – and to call for substantial overhaul (sometimes by literally calling Lilly’s ethics hotline to report a violation) of the pricing of crucial…

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Moving From Poland To Belgium With Type 1 Diabetes – by Weronika Burkot

In Weronika’s first Global Postcard, she wrote about Universal Health Coverage for World Health Day. Now she is sharing her story about moving with her now-husband from Warsaw to Brussels. Check out her story in English and Polish!  In the summer of 2017, I was excited and a bit stressed at the same time: I was…

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