Last year our co-founder launched an appeal to sponsor a child living with diabetes get essential medicine and consumables. Thanks to our donors we were able to sponsor 5 children living with diabetes at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria for the year 2018.
With your help we were not just only able to sponsor these kids and ensuring steady supply of insulin throughout the year but we also have insulin dedicated to the children emergency, so no life will be lost as a result of inability to buy insulin at the Children Emergency Room. Steady strips were also made available to avail them the opportunity for continuous monitoring of their blood glucose.
On behalf of Barnabas Michelle, Bello Aminat, Nana Amisu, Daniel Timilehin and Racheal Favor we say a big thank you to those who supported this laudable cause and also anticipate their steady commitment for the coming year. If you wish to be a part of this project kindly send us an email on thengdoc(at)gmail(dot)com. Thank you
Previous research already showed that increased time spent watching TV or with the computer increases risk of obesity and insulin resistance in adults.
Children especially males have shown far more increased time watching television or playing video games, or with smart phones and electronic tablets in recent times, a study from by researchers from St. George’s, University of London says.
How the study was conducted
The recent study involved 4495 children aged between 9-10.
Their activity levels, body proportions and time spent watching TV was recorded daily. Pubertal status was also taken note of in girls.
Findings from the study
It was reported that children who spent 3 hours or more had higher levels of leptin and insulin than those that had less than one hour screen time. This can cause insulin resistance causing a risk for diabetes. Impaired leptin levels noticed can also result in difficulty controlling appetite.
Of the children who took part in the study between 2004 and 2007 and for whom complete data were held, 18 per cent – around one in five – said they spent more than three hours on screens every day. It was reported that boys 22 percent of boys spent 3 or more hours watching TV or using electronic devices compared to 14 percent of girls.
Screen related activities are mostly sedentary in nature and pose a risk to metabolic health.
Study author Dr Claire Nightingale from St George’s, University of London, said:
“Our findings suggest that reducing screen time may be beneficial in reducing type 2 diabetes risk factors, in both boys and girls, from an early age.”
He also said:
“This is particularly relevant, given rising levels of type 2 diabetes, the early emergence of type 2 diabetes risk, and recent trends suggesting screen-related activities are increasing in childhood.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics has previously suggested that children should limit daily screen time to less than 2 hours per day, more recent guidance fro, AAP did not propose a time limit but suggested that parents should place consistent limit on the hours per day of media use.
There is currently an alarming rate of type 2 diabetes starting earlier than would have been expected and if this trend continues, it might pattern screen related behaviour in later life.
A BBC World service presenter, Alex Ritson was presenting at about 5 am in the Newsroom on Friday when his listeners heard him stumble on some of his words.
The presenter ,who has Type 1 diabetes has apologized for a “confused start” saying he had a “low sugar attack” just as he went on air.
He was discussing about the Pope’s visit to Bangladesh when he suddenly was speaking slowly and difficult to understand
“I have Type 1 diabetes and I had a low sugar attack, a ‘hypo’, just as we came on air which caused me a little confusion in my opening sequences , so many apologies for that.”
A BBC spokeswoman said
“One of our presenters was a little unwell while on air this morning.”
”The presenter came back on air later in the programme and explained to listeners that they had Type 1 diabetes and were feeling better ”
So many listeners have commended him for that.
While so many of us think diabetes is just a problem of high blood sugar, it really is a struggle between high sugar levels and low sugar levels that result from insulin use. The patient is basically struggling to find a balance.
Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) occurs in people with diabetes when their blood sugar goes beneath 4mmol/l (70mg/dl) but the value varies for most people.
Early signs and symptoms of diabetic hypoglycemia include:
Shakiness, Dizziness, Sweating, Hunger, Irritability or moodiness, Anxiety or nervousness, Headache
In more severe cases, there can be confusion, unconsciousness and even death.
To know more about hypoglycemia, you can check this
When Frederick Banting discovered Insulin in 1922, he never thought it’s prices would be as high as what is obtainable today.
Insulin is a vital drug that is needed for people living with diabetes to survive but the increasing prices have caused people to ration insulin doses and skip injections causing poor control of their blood sugar.
On Saturday, 9th of September, 2017, T1International, an advocacy group for people living with type 1 diabetes around the world and People of Faith for Access to Medicines (PFAM) along with other stakeholders led a demonstration in front of Eli Lilly and Company International corporate headquarters in downtown Indianapolis. The day for online action was September 8th, 2017.
“We spend more money on diabetes than on our house payments,” Indiana resident Erin Roberts said.
Mike Hoskins who was at the protest said on his blog that he was spending $700 per month to get 3 vials of insulin in 2015 and that was more than half of housing cost per month and he had to borrow from a friend.
Consumers of these products are frustrated and have come out in mass to express their feelings. Parents of children living with diabetes and other concerned persons participated in the protest. Some people lamented that they have to pick between buying their groceries and buying insulin.
The 3 main pharmaceutical companies producing insulin are Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk, and Sanofi and they’ve continually increased the prices of insulin.
March 2017 saw another increase of Eli Lilly’s insulin product ; Humalog and Humilin by 7.8 percent.
Lilly is said to have raised the price of its version of insulin by over 300% over the past seven years. A U.S. patient’s out-of-pocket cost for a month’s supply of Eli Lilly’s Humalog can be over $400 (About 144,000 Naira).
In July 2017 it was reported that Lilly had a 35% increase in quarterly profits: $1+ billion, on $5.82 billion revenue. Though Eli Lilly recently started a patients assistance program when people complained about the costs, it is still grossly inadequate as only a small number of people would benefit.
Humalog has seen a 1123 percent increase in price since June 1996.
The insulin makers have also argued that its costs a great deal for advancements to produce new and better insulin.
An Eli Lilly spokesperson responded in an email saying, “We are pleased that people in the diabetes community are engaged in this issue, and demonstrations are one way to do so. It will take continued effort across the healthcare system to affect real change, and Lilly is committed to working with others to make it happen.”
People with diabetes are asking Eli Lilly for three things:
• Be transparent about how much it costs to make one vial of Humalog insulin
• Be transparent about your profits from each vial
• Lower the price of insulin
So many people are dying from diabetic ketoacidosis because they can’t afford insulin.
For a long time, Africa was thought to be safe from diseases called “diseases of affluence,” like diabetes which plague the Western world but this is now known to be false as there is an increasing statistic of people living with diabetes and this includes both rich and poor.
As at 2013, the Nigerian government was reportedly spending $500 million (78.5 million Naira at that time) on importation of insulin annually. Insulin access is still a major problem in developing countries too.
You can still lend a voice to the cause via social media.
Hashtag is #Insulin4all . You can get more information on Facebook and other social media sites.
Currently in Nigeria, the emphasis of most policies and interventions is on screening and early treatment.
Though diabetes education forms a part of most strategies, screening of people at risk is the main focus.
The current strategies that exist in Nigeria are mainly health-care facility based and as such do not provide adequate information to the teeming population.
According to the IDF Diabetes Atlas (2013), about 3.9million out of the 78 million adult population in Nigeria (20-79years) is diabetic.
This puts the National prevalence of type 2 diabetes at approximately 5%. According to the same report, about 105,000 diabetes related deaths occurred in 2013.
There is thus a need for improved diabetes education and awareness
DIABEDUCATION is aimed at imbibing healthy living lifestyle, good physical activities among young individuals as well as make them diabetes advocates in their schools and communities through adequate diabetes education in a “catch them young approach”.
The training manual was developed to teach basic symptomalogy of the disease in easy to understand plain language for children and adults as well as utilizing community focused advocacy methods and via the use of social media- the latest social trend as a veritable tool for diabetes advocacy.
With Nigeria’s mobile subscriber base estimated to grow by a significant 14 percent this year to 120 million, utilization of social media in youth health advocacy will help educate, motivate, encourage, and act as a viable propagation medium for adequate diabetes information and education among Nigerians.
With this project we will be directly training over a hundred secondary school students across Ogun State who will then create awareness and educate their peers and community hence indirectly affecting over a hundred thousand individuals across the state.
Our profound gratitude goes to The Ogun State Government, The Ogun State Ministry of Health and the Department of Public health and School health board for the tremendous support.
We also say a big thank you to the Honorable Commissioner for Health for Ogun State, Dr Olaokun Soyinka, Mr Talabi Olumuyiwa – Patron of The Talabi Diabetes Center, the Directors, Facilitators, Volunteers, Sponsors and finally our contributing authors.
This program is scheduled to hold on the 16th of April, 2015. Follow the hashtag #diabeducation on Twitter and on Facebook.
Interested in being a part of the program either as a sponsor or volunteer? Please send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Someone once told me our children are dying, our future is dying and Type 1 diabetes mellitus is the killer!
Type 1 diabetes mellitus formerly known as “juvenile-onset” diabetes because it was thought to develop mostly in children or young adults but now has been known to affect people of any age.
Prevention they say is better than cure. The most devastating part of type 1 diabetes is that it’s neither preventable nor curable and it affects children more. As a chronic disease with serious consequences, if left untreated, can result in death.
Type 1 diabetes is most likely a polygenic condition with a number of potential environmental risk factors being implicated to include dietary factors, initiation of bovine milk in babies, infectious agents (for example viruses like enterovirus, rotavirus, rubella), chemicals and toxins, —but results have however been inconclusive.
Type 1 diabetes is usually caused by an auto-immune reaction where the body’s defense system attacks the pancreatic cells that produce insulin.
Children with Type 1 diabetes produce little or no insulin- the hormone that. converts sugar, starch and other food into energy needed for daily life which makes them require daily insulin in order to control blood glucose. Consequently lack of access to insulin will result in complications and might eventually lead to death.
Most children with diabetes may end up developing debilitating complications such as blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, diabetes ketoacidosis – a common presentation at the emergency centers in hospitals. All these complications from Type 1 diabetes are devastating for these children, their family, and the health system.
Besides physical problems, children with Type 1 diabetes can experience anxiety and depression from living a restricted lifestyle. They may lose productivity due to school absences because of the development of complications. Changing personal routines can also affect other family members. The physical, social, economic and emotional burden of Type 1 diabetes can’t be underestimated.
Even though diabetes is a serious problem, it is manageable and requires appropriate and timely intervention. Diabetes can be managed as insulin replacement through lifelong insulin injections everyday, following a healthy diet and eating plan, taking regular exercises and monitoring of blood glucose levels regularly.
The management of children living with Type 1 diabetes poses a huge financial burden on their families especially in the developing world. Most families can not afford a continuous availability of insulin for these children resulting in most complications and death.
In view of these challenges, Diablink was created as a platform for advocating for the welfare of Type1 diabetes children and is embedded in and developed from The Nigeria Diabetes Online Community (NGDoc) as a response to the realization of the problems children living with diabetes face or will face upon diagnosis.
Diablink is aimed at the management of emergency cases of Type 1 diabetes where parents can’t afford treatment and subsequently linking Nigerian children living with Type 1 diabetes with others globally, creating pen pal relationships among them, thus creating social peer empowerment for them.
For more information on Type 1 diabetes mellitus in Nigeria you can read our piece on “Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus in Nigeria: rare or not obvious” – here
Until recently funds for the availability of insulin as well as building supportive communities for children with Type 1 diabetes have been generated internally by NGdoc volunteers but we look forward to partnering with interested individuals, corporate organizations and NGOs to help us make this life changing endeavor.
Health is a right not a privilege; let’s build a world that is fit for all children because every child matters.
Partner with us today and together let’s touch lives of those living with diabetes in Nigeria. We can be reached on +234 703 885 5224; +234 812 616 2561 or email@example.com for further discussions.
Dr Foluke Ajose is an NGdoc volunteer and is currently the coordinator of Diablink.
The Africa Diabetes Congress of the International Diabetes Federation took place at the Palaise de Congress in Yaounde Cameroun from the 25th to the 28 February 2014.
The 2nd African Diabetes Congress appropriately themed: “Diabetes: Challenges and opportunities in Africa” provided an ideal opportunity for researchers, health care providers, practitioners, students, people living with diabetes to cross fertilize with colleagues from Africa and mingle with international renowned experts in the field of diabetes.
About 1,000 participants from about 45 countries were there to raise awareness on diabetes and its impact by convening at the IDF Africa diabetes congress to exchange research and best practices on diabetes prevention, treatment and management.
Cross section of Participants at the ADC2014
The international Diabetes Federation (I.D.F) is the umbrella body organization of over 200 national diabetes associations in over 160 countries. It represents the interests and the growing numbers of people with diabetes and those at risk. The Federation has been leading the global diabetes community since 1950.
Cross-section of participants at the pre-congress post graduate course on Research Methodology/Scientific writing
A Pre-congress update course on Research Methodology/Scientific writing where about 30 young researchers from all over Africa were trained and updated on recent trends in research methodologies and scientific writing.
According to the Chairman organizing committee and former International Diabetes Federation, President Professor Mbanya the young scientists are expected to through the training received translate diabetes research and care in Africa to meet up to global standard.
Discussing the challenges facing diabetes care in Africa over lunch
Simultaneously, a pre-conference update course on Advocacy was running where selected individuals from different countries attended and were trained on how to advocate, engage the government and ensure right policies are effected in their respective countries .
Policy advocacy is one of the most effective ways to achieve public health goals by ensuring that necessary resources, policies and political will are available to support, scale up, and sustain diabetes efforts within broader NCD programs.
Mobolaji Dauda from Nigeria and Pamela Donggo from Uganda at the Update course
We strongly believe that this congress will be one that wont be quickly forgotten as it laid a solid foundation not just for subsequent congresses but also diabetes research, prevention and care in Africa generally.
The 2nd Africa Diabetes Congress was made bilingual through an impressive translation efforts of the Medical Students of the University of Yaounde (a feat that was very professional and commendable).
The Organizers through the efforts of the platinum sponsors were able to sponsor about 600 participants for the congress, a remarkable and great achievement.
With recent announcement of the startoff of the Africa Diabetes Study Group and Africa Diabetes Journal we are rest assured that IDF Africa through the ADC is positioning itself for the task of curbing the diabetes epidermic in the continent.
We wish to appreciate the congress organizers who through the support of El-Lilly were able to fully sponsor 2 members of The Nigeria Diabetes Online Community for the pre-congress update course and congress and also through Servier provided accommodation for 4 members of The Nigeria diabetes online community for the period of the congress.
We believe supports like this is important in not just building young researchers but also inspiring more youths into diabetes care and prevention in their respective communities all over africa.
POST GRADUATE COURSE IN RESEARCH METHODS AND SCIENTIFIC WRITING
SHOWCASING THE RICH TRADITIONAL CULTURE OF CAMEROON
THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 2ND AFRICA DIABETES CONGRESS
OPENING CEREMONY WITH THE MINISTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH OF CAMEROON
GUEST LECTURE BY GEORGE ALBERTI (UK)
ONE OF THE SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS
ONE OF THE SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS
PROF MBANYA ADMONISHING THE NGDOC TEAM AT THE LILLY DIABETES CONVERSATION MAP STAND
NIGERIAN DELEGATES TO THE ADC WITH PROF TOM JOHNSON (4TH FROM THE LEFT)
YOUNG RESEARCHERS FROM AFRICA
LILLY HOSTED US TO A DINNER
The next Africa diabetes congress will be hosted by Uganda. UGANDA 2016
Valentine is a season of love but for children around the world with type 1 diabetes, lack of access to insulin is
the most common cause of death.
And in some areas of the world, most children with diabetes can expect to live less than a year past their diagnosis date – if they’re diagnosed at all.
This Valentine’s day, our community can help change that.
Under the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign, (a Diabetes Hand Foundation Campaign) we will help create awareness and gain donations and awareness for Life for a Child, an International Diabetes Federation program aiming to fund the continuous medical care, access to supplies and medication, and diabetes education that children in developing nations need to stay alive.
Spare a Rose, Save a Child
You buy one less rose this Valentine’s Day and share the value of that flower
with a child with diabetes in the developing world.
Your loved one at home still receives flowers and you both give help to a child with diabetes who desperately
A rose is about 5 bucks, for that one rose, IDF can give a child one month of life.
A dozen roses, a year of life for a child with diabetes. You can watch the video of how Lives have been saved by the International Diabetes Federation here
STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING DIABETES CARE IN NIGERIA (SIDCAIN) call for abstracts for its 2014 Annual Scientific Conference and distinguished personality lecture holding in Ile-Ife from March 5th – 7th, 2014.
SIDCAIN was construed about 7 years ago with major objective of curbing the rising diabetes pandemic in the country through translational research. The core team comprises researchers in the field of diabetes and hypertension spread across the major tertiary institutions in the South Western States of Nigeria.
The team holds its annual non-communicable disease conference and distinguished personality lecture.
Previous events held in Ibadan, Osogbo and Sagamu whilst personalities such as Are Afe Babalola, Prof. John Idoko (NACA), former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Mr Dele Momodu (Ovation) have given the lectures.
The 2014 event will hold at the main Auditorium of Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife.
The event, as with the previous one will attract participants from all over the country and overseas.
THEME: Diabetes: Towards better Diabetes Prevention and Control
Sub-theme: DREAMS come true!
Distinguished Personality Lecturer: Dr Olusegun Mimilko, Executive Governor, Ondo State.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Segun Fatusi, Provost, College of Health Sciences, OAU, Ile-Ife.
International Guest Speakers: Dr Dokun Ayotunde and Dr R Balogun (University of Virginia, VA, USA).
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Abstracts should be in English language, typed double spaced, in Times New Roman font 12 and not exceeding 250 words.
2. Abstract should be structured into the following subheadings:
Statement of the research problem:::Objectives:::Methods:::Conclusions.
3. All abstracts must be received by Sunday February 9, 2014.
4. Submission is strictly by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Early registration before February 15th, 2014 – N15,000
After February 15th, 2014 or on site – N20,000
B. All other healthcare professionals:
Early registration before February 15th, 2014 – N12,000
After February 15th, 2014 or on site – N15,000
3. All Students
Early registration before February 15th, 2014 – N5,000
After February 15th, 2014 or on site – N8,000
NOTE: 10 CPD credits obtainable.
Registration payments to:
ACCOUNT NAME: SIDCAIN PROJECT ACCOUNT
BANK: GUARANTY TRUST BANK
ACCOUNT NO: 0050055367
For futher enquiries, contact:
1. SIDCAIN via firstname.lastname@example.org www.sidcain.org
2. Dr Jokotade via email@example.com
3. NGDOC via firstname.lastname@example.org