“When I firs“The woman in this photo is one of the internally
displaced people living in a camp run by the UN Relief and Works
Agency (UNRWA), a partner of the WDF. As I walk into the house, I’m
met by the sight and smell of extreme poverty. She was elderly, very
frail and extremely poor, and lived with her husband, who also had
type 2 diabetes, and two handicapped adult sons. She had to make what
little money she had stretch to buy both medicine and food. She had a
variety of medicines in her home, but due to her blindness, she was
not able to read any of the labels.
The empathy shown by the two UNWRA nurses in the photo is
tangible. It was the respect and closeness they showed and the light
that came in which made me take that photo all of a sudden made the
whole visit just came together in that shot. This sums up the
importance of the local clinic to the people of a local community.
When we left, the nurses thanked me for introducing them to this
woman. They were going to start a fund for her and they would do
regular visits to bring her to the clinic. This and many other
experiences of working with the WDF give me hope that change is
possible.”t went to Uzbekistan, I thought it was going to be another
overwhelming story of diabetes complications. But with each clinic and
hospital I saw, I realised that this was a story of systems getting
stronger, lives being changed and knowledge about diabetes built. That
became my focus.
The Charity Union of Disabled Persons and Diabetics - UMID - is
one of the oldest project partners of the WDF. This photo was taken
at the Bukhara Dispensary, which was housed in the former residence
of a Soviet official.
The woman in the photo had lost two brothers to diabetes, and was
determined not to herself succumb. For 10 years, she had visited the
UMID run clinic twice a year. Dr Nimatov Mirmuhsin examined her and
declared her eyes healthy.”