In July 2015, Charles Toomey turned to a Doctor at the Mandalay Children’s Hospital and asked him how many patients he knew with Type 1 Diabetes.
‘Unfortunately, we do not have many people with Type 1 Diabetes living in Myanmar,’ he replied.
There are 400,000* people living with Type 1 Diabetes in the UK. That is approximately 1 in every 160 people.
If these same ratios were to applied to Myanmar you would expect to have over 300,000 people living 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? What could be done to help?
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 people with Type 1 Diabetes should be able to live a full and active life, no matter where they were from, the A4D journey began.