SAVING AND TRANSFORMING LIVES IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA BY PROVIDING ESSENTIAL SUPPORT TO YOUNG PEOPLE WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES.

A4D develop and deliver a range of support programs across South-East Asia that enable young people with Type 1 Diabetes to live a full and productive life. A4D currently supports 221 young people with Type 1 Diabetes and aim to increase this to 600+ by 2020. Why South-East Asia? Thousands of young people with Type 1 Diabetes still die every year in the region due to lack of diagnosis and under treatment.


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Diabetes – a global epidemic


There are two main types of Diabetes – Type 1 and 2. Both are serious chronic conditions and both are potentially life-threatening. At present there is no cure for Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes. In 2003, the global prevalence of diabetes was estimated at 194 million. In 2015 it is now close to 400 million, and by 2035 one in every ten of us will have Diabetes. It is a consequence of longer life-expectancy, sedentary lifestyle and dietary changes. The human and economic impact of diabetes on all societies is massive and threatens national and global sustainable development. (IDF 2015).
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Dr May and Dr Mya in Yangon Children’s Hospital

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There are 5 key principles – or ‘pillars’ – on which A4D bases its activities:


Focus


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.


Sustainability


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.


Partnerships


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.


Productivity


Maintain a low cost yet effective organisational modus operandi, ensure 100% of funds raised are utilised directly for A4D programmes in the target country.


Governance


Set up A4D as a UK based charity registered with the Charity Commission. Ensure appropriate governance and ethical standards throughout A4D activities.

A4D Objectives

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.

 

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Dr Mya conducting family counselling and support session in her office.

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Father and son with Diabetes, about to return home on a 400km round trip to visit the Diabetes clinic in Yangon.

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These young people with Diabetes are the first to be supported by A4D in Myanmar.

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Dr Mya, calculating the right insulin dose for this young girl with Diabetes.

Jerry Gore
Charles Toomey
Charles Toomey

Jerry Gore
A4D co-founder

Jerry@action4diabetics.org
T: +33 689 19 75 63

Charles Toomey
A4D co-founder

Charles@action4diabetics.org

Richard Toomey
A4D co-founder

Richard@action4diabetics.org