As another WDD approaches I thought I’d do a bit of a round-up of initiatives being undertaken by people with type 1 around the world. It’s amazing and inspirational to see the impact that a person with t1 diabetes, a computer and internet connection can make. Let’s celebrate advocacy efforts around the world and focus on the positive. If you have started, or know of a campaign or activity, please share it with us in the comments below.
1. Elizabeth Rowley of Type 1 International has initiated a social media campaign to raise awareness of the issue that in many countries insulin, simply isn’t available to the average person. Elizabeth says
“Put the world back into World Diabetes Day aims to ensure that the most pressing global diabetes issues – like access to insulin, supplies and education – are not forgotten, especially on this day. I think some parts of the World are kind of missing from WDD, so this year we aim to make sure that doesn’t happen. 🙂 I hope you’ll visit www.insulin4all.tumblr.com to check out the campaign – we’ve got people with T1D from all over the world taking part and it really means so much to them that we make some noise about this.” I’ve done my bit to add my “voice”, perhaps you will too.
Kate’s post, When Misunderstanding Diabetes is a Death Sentence is an excellent summary of the importance of this issue. Almost a century since insulin first became available, children should not be dying for lack of it.
2.Insulin for Life Australia is an excellent charitable initiative created by Ron Raab that aims to improve access to insulin and other diabetes supplies that we take for granted. It collects excess or superseded diabetes supplies and distributes them to those in need. Our Pacific neighbours, in PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Nauru amongst other places lack sufficient infrastructure, medical personnel and pharmaceuticals to cope with the ever-growing numbers of people with diabetes. It’s up to us to help if we can.
3.Canadian type 1 group Connected in Motion (this group was originally modelled on our very own Australian pioneering group, Hypoactive) are hosting a world-wide photo scavenger hunt to be completed between November 14-16 and results posted on-line.
From their website
“What’s a World Diabetes Day Photo Scavenger Hunt? Well, it’s like a regular scavenger hunt, except instead of collecting items you photograph them… and all items listed for the WDD Photo Scavenger Hunt will be related to diabetes in some way shape or form. So, for example, you might be asked to find and take a photo of the snack with the least amount of carbohydrates. It’s a fun way to bring family and friends out to learn more about the day-to-day realities of living with the condition, and meet others living with diabetes!”
Sounds like a novel, fun way to raise awareness using social media.