Type 1 Diabetes in Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Type 1 Diabetes is a dangerous autoimmune condition that can affect anyone in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

18,534 People are living with Type 1 Diabetes
49,608 People should still be alive today What does this mean?
51 Healthy years of life are lost per person What does this mean?
What does this mean?

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Type 1 diabetes is growing rapidly and can affect anyone

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Type 1 diabetes is growing rapidly and can affect anyone

In Democratic Republic of the Congo, T1D is growing at 9.3% each year compared with 3.6% for Type 2 Diabetes

What does this mean?
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Type 1 Diabetes

โ€œIn too many places, T1D is an invisible disease, not on the radar of the healthcare community and often diagnosed only when it's too late.โ€

- James Reid, Program Officer, Helmsley Charitable Trust

Type 1 diabetes is a dangerous condition that steals years of healthy life

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Type 1 diabetes is a dangerous condition that steals years of healthy life

The average ten year old in Democratic Republic of the Congo enjoys 69 healthy years of life

What does this mean?
69 healthy years

If they develop type 1 diabetes, on average they will lose 51 of those healthy years

18 healthy years

โ€œWith type 1 diabetes once you get to the point where your body makes no insulin, you need insulin to survive, or you will die. The commonest cause of death for young people with diabetes globally is a lack of diagnosis right at the start.โ€

- Dr Graham Ogle, paediatric endocrinologist, General Manager, Life for a Child

Timely diagnosis

3.1 healthy years restored

If we could promptly diagnose everyone in Democratic Republic of the Congo affected by Type 1 Diabetes, we could restore 3.1 years of healthy life per person

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If we could diagnose everyone affected by type 1 diabetes at onset, we would restore an average of 3.1 years of healthy life.

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It is easy to ignore or misdiagnose the signs of type 1 diabetes until it is too late, as people with type 1 diabetes urgently need insulin to survive

In Democratic Republic of the Congo, 25.5% of children who develop type 1 diabetes are never diagnosed.

That means 7,888 birthdays were not celebrated in Democratic Republic of the Congo this year.

But simple things, like a $1 educational poster can help make a diagnosis and save a life.

Insulin and strips

24.5 healthy years restored

If everyone in Democratic Republic of the Congo had access to insulin, test strips and good self-management, we could restore 24.5 years of healthy life per person

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If everyone with type 1 diabetes in Democratic Republic of the Congo received insulin and glucose test strips, we could restore 24.5 years of healthy life per person

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Management of type 1 diabetes involves multiple daily injections and frequent monitoring

In Democratic Republic of the Congo, 29,351 people are not alive today for the sake of a small vial of insulin and a tiny test strip.

Each extra test strip used can add 4 hours of healthy life.

Together we can change the story for people living with type 1 diabetes in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Pumps and CGMs

7.4 healthy years restored

If everyone in Democratic Republic of the Congo had access to devices, we could restore another 7.4 healthy years to the average person with type 1 diabetes.

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If everyone in Democratic Republic of the Congo had access to technology that automates glucose monitoring and insulin delivery, we could restore 7.4 years of healthy life per person

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Without devices, the average person with type 1 diabetes spends 18 days a year managing the condition

Devices like pumps and CGMs reduce the work of managing type 1 diabetes.

CGM sensors are usually replaced twice a month. Every time it restores 52.2 hours of healthy life to the average person in Democratic Republic of the Congo with type 1 diabetes

Together we can change the story for people living with type 1 diabetes in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Prevention and cures

full life expectancy restored

To restore all the years lost to type 1, we need to continue investing in prevention and cures.

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To restore all the years lost to type 1, we need to continue investing in prevention and cures.

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Research worksโ€”In the last 50 years of progress

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25 years have been added to the lifespan of a person receiving the latest care.

We are working to make T1D a thing of the past.

One day we will discover how to restore the body's ability to make insulin againโ€”eradicating T1D

Help us turn type 1 into type none through impactful research.

Together we can change the story for people living with type 1 diabetes in Democratic Republic of the Congo