Diabetes care amongst poorer countries

Thu, 29 Jan 2009
A new diabetes care programme announced by Novo Nordisk will include free insulin for 10,000 children in the poorest countries in the world. The programme, called 'changing the future for children with diabetes ' will be rolled out in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Tanzania and Guinea-Conakry.

Type 1 diabetes is a serious problem in Africa. Professor Jean Claude Mbanya, the President-elect of the International Diabetes Federation was reported as commenting: "The premature death of a child caused by lack of insulin is unacceptable when a life-saving solution is available. We must work together across borders to keep these children from dying."

President and CEO of Novo Nordisk, Lars Sorensen, was reported as saying: "As a diabetes care company we have an obligation to use our resources and expertise to help these children. This project will not only provide insulin free of charge to an extremely vulnerable group, it is also designed to build long-term solutions for insulin distribution and sustainable diabetes care for all people with diabetes in the world's poorest countries."
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