GIVING LIFE AND OPPORTUNITY TO YOUNG PEOPLE WITH DIABETES
WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Action4Diabetics (A4D) helps to provide life giving medical care and essential development support for young people with Type 1 Diabetes in emerging countries in Asia. We make a difference and change lives for the better.
A4D aims to significantly reduce the suffering of, and increase the life opportunities for young people with Type 1 Diabetes in emerging countries in Asia. WHY Asia? Because this continent is in the grip of a diabetes epidemic; More than half of the 400 million living with Diabetes today live in Asia. Our initial focus is on Nepal and specific South East Asian nations, where young people with diabetes are unable to access the medical care and other essential support required to enable them to survive and thrive into adulthood. A4D’s first major project is in Myanmar, where we are already supporting a significant upgrade in care for children with Type 1 Diabetes in Yangon, the capital city.
Within just 6 months A4D is already fully funding an additional doctor at The Childrens’ Hospital in Yangon, and we have bought an HBA1c Analysers for early diagnosis and screening.
By 2020 we plan to have programmes in place in at least 10 different sites across 9 countries in South East Asia, including Nepal.
The co-founders of A4D, Jerry Gore and Charles Toomey are passionate about this important mission and have unique and complementary skillset. Jerry Gore is a highly accomplished expedition mountaineer, and leading advocate for young people with diabetes, who is himself a Type 1 diabetic. And Charles Toomey, an exceptional business leader, who has lived and worked in Asia for over 15 years, running operations across 14 countries for a large multinational corporation.
Diabetes – a global epidemic
We aspire to alleviate the suffering of and open up life’s opportunities for children and young adults with Type 1 diabetes. We enrol them on A4D supported programmes in selected Asian countries and ensure that they can live fulfilled and productive lives – achieving their full potential.
across nine countries in asia
Dr May and Dr Mya in Yangon Children’s Hospital. Dr May joined in September and is funded by A4D.
Pediatric Diabetes clinic – September 2015. Some of these children travelled over 200km round trip for the clinic.
Dr Mya conducting one on one consultation at The Paediatric Diabetes Clinic in Myanmar supported by A4D.
Co-Founder of A4D Charles Toomey with Dr Mya and Dr May outside the main entrance of Yangon Children’s Hospital.
There are 5 key principles – or ‘pillars’ – on which A4D bases its activities:
Focus on specific ‘ring fenced’ initiatives in target countries, so the inputs can be closely monitored and outcomes and measured. Until 2020, the focus will be on specific SE Asian countries and Nepal.
Develop and implement funding and resourcing solutions that are sustainable. Ensure that any new A4D supported programme has the funding and resources required to operate effectively for at least 5 years.
Establish partnerships with organisations and individuals who are capable, committed and trustworthy. Collaborate and align with local and international experts who share A4Ds vision and can contribute to its realisation.
Maintain a low cost yet effective organisational modus operandi, ensure 100% of funds raised are utilised directly for A4D programmes in the target country.
Set up A4D as a UK based charity registered with the Charity Commission. Ensure appropriate governance and ethical standards throughout A4D activities.
A4D will focus their activities and resources on selected Asian countries. We aim to ensure that any young person with diabetes who is enrolled on an A4D assisted programme receives appropriate treatment, has the opportunity to survive and thrive through childhood and into adulthood, and realise their potential to live a full and productive adult life. To achieve this, A4D plans to:
1. Identify specific individuals and groups of young people with Type 1 Diabetes and to support and augment local healthcare professionals and organisations in order to address the needs in a comprehensive manner and deliver improved outcomes.
2. Support selected local hospitals and/or clinics and patient/family groups to enhance their capabilities through additional training and education of staff, patients and families and other relevant individuals and groups.
3. Facilitate the long term provision of free at-point-of-delivery, or significantly subsidised services, of essential medication and supplies for children and young adults enrolled on the A4D assisted programmes.
Dr Mya conducting family counselling and support session in her office.
Father and son with Diabetes, about to return home on a 400km round trip to visit the Diabetes clinic in Yangon.
These young people with Diabetes are the first to be supported by A4D in Myanmar.
Dr Mya, calculating the right insulin dose for this young girl with Diabetes.
Jerry Gore is a mountain athlete and adventurer who has been involved with the world of extreme climbing over a 30 year period. Jerry has climbed literally all over the world and survived and thrived in some of the most inhospitable environments. Jerry is also a successful business leader and entrepreneur, having been the marketing director of a large UK retail chain and also setting up and running AlpBase.com, a chalet and accommodation operation in the Southern French Alps. The third major element in Jerry’s life is his diabetes. Since his diagnosis in 2001 Jerry has not let diabetes get in the way of his extreme sporting activities, his family and business lives. He has used his diagnosis as a motivator – to go on and take on new challenges, inspiring others with his attitude, enthusiasm and achievements.
Since diagnosis he has led more than 15 international expeditions and extreme Insulin Challenges, and delivered more than 100 motivational talks. In addition he has raised many thousands of pounds for diabetes charities, and most recently, been recognised by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) – the world’s leading organisation in the area of diabetes – and been nominated as a Blue Circle Champion. There are only 15 in the world, 5 of whom are Olympic champions.
Charles Toomey has pursued a highly successful career in leadership roles, starting with 10 years serving as a Royal Marines Officer, and then in the healthcare industry working in the UK and overseas. Since 1999 Charles has lived and worked in Asia setting up and leading large and complex business operations culminating in his last major role, from 2007 to 2014 leading the operations for a large Swiss company, DKSH Healthcare, where he was Executive Vice President and the Global Head of the business employing over 8000 staff across Asia. Charles has a wealth of first-hand experience of living in and running commercial operations in and across multiple Asian countries.
Charles first became aware and interested in diabetes through his years in industry particularly working in some of Asia less developed countries. In recent years Charles and Jerry reconnected and have collaborated very successfully on a number of highly successful fund raising activities in Asia, this activity has given Jerry and Charles the confidence and belief that with their unique backgrounds and experience they can really make a difference to children and young adults with diabetes, and has led to the creation of Action For Diabetics.
Richard Toomey MBE, CBE
Richard Toomey is a senior British Army officer with 36 years’ of service. He has lived and worked in many developing countries, and has led large and small teams of military and civilian staff in a wide range of ventures. Richard has had direct experience working with the UK Foreign Office and the Department for International Development both overseas and in the UK. Most recently, for three years Richard led the British Army’s international training operation where, amongst other things, he had to deal with sensitive government relationships, industrial relations and corruption challenges in an African country. He has 10 years’ experience as a trustee of five military welfare charities, and remains a trustee of one of them.
As the parent of a child and now young adult who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, Richard has 18 years first-hand experience of the daunting complexity faced bringing up a child with significant medical challenges and understands very well the levels of practical and also emotional support needed to help them achieve their potential.
WE NEED YOU
The initial country focus in 2015 will be Myanmar and to partner with the Yangon Children’s Hospital to significantly upgrade their present under resourced Type 1 Diabetic services. Help us by donating below. 100% of all funds raised go directly to A4D programmes – Our promise.