In July 2015, Charles Toomey turned to a Doctor at the Mandalay Children’s Hospital and asked him how many patients they had with Type 1 Diabetes.
‘Oh, we do not have Type 1 Diabetes in Myanmar,’ he replied.
There are approximately 400,000* people living with Type 1 Diabetes in the UK, which is approximately 1 in every 160 people.
If these same ratios were to be applied to Myanmar you would expect there to be over 300,000 people with the condition in the country.
From the Doctor’s response, it was clear that this was not the case.
Why were people not being diagnosed? If people were diagnosed, how would they afford the Insulin and Blood Testing Kits essential to managing the condition?
That evening, Charles rang Jerry Gore, an old-friend and Type 1 Diabetic, and asked if he was interested in raising some money and awareness for young people in Myanmar with Type 1.
Jerry said yes.
Driven by the simple idea that all young people with Type 1 Diabetes should have the opportunity to live a full and active life, no matter where they are from, the A4D journey began.