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World Health Day 2016: Access to Insulin in the Spotlight

World Health Day 2016: Access to Insulin in the Spotlight

Today, approximately 100 million people around the world need insulin, including all people living with type 1 diabetes and between 20-30 percent of people with type 2 diabetes. Although insulin has been used in the treatment of diabetes for over 90 years, globally more than half of those who need insulin today still cannot afford and/or access it. Without insulin, people living with type 1 diabetes will die. Many more will suffer from diabetes-related complications, like blindness, amputation and kidney failure, and, ultimately, premature death.



Mr. David Beran University of Geneva, Co-investigator of the ACCISS Study

Ms Krystal Boyea Ambassador & Spokesperson for Diabetes, IDF Youth Leader, Barbados

Ms Katie Dain Executive Director, NCD Alliance

Ms Ruth Dreifuss Former President of Switzerland

Mr. Hans Hogerzeil Professor in Global Health at the University of Groningen, former WHO Director for Essential Medicines and Pharmaceutical Policies

Dr. Kaushik Ramaiya Consultant Physician and Chief Executive Officer at Shree Hindu Mandal Hospital, Dar es Salaam and Mwanza, Tanzania

Ms Justine Davies Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology

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