Programmes & partnerships

In low- and middle-income countries, many people living with diabetes and rare blood diseases struggle to afford, or get access to, the care they need. There are a multitude of reasons for this. Medicine is too costly, or there is a critical shortage of trained doctors and nurses, not to mention medical equipment. The challenges are significant, but solving them is not impossible. It takes cooperation and the knowledge and skills from many different organisations.

Collaboration is the key to helping more people

Roshi and her brother live in India. Roshi has type 1 diabetes and is enrolled in our Changing Diabetes® in Children programme.

Collaboration is key to helping more people

For more than two decades, we have been working in partnerships and co-creating programmes with local governments, universities and public, private and humanitarian organisations. We learn from each other and improve our efforts as we tackle access and affordability issues.

We share a common goal - helping people living with a chronic disease get the care they need, no matter where they live. 

Keep reading and learn about our access to care programmes and partnerships in low- and middle-income countries.

Providing care for children with type 1 diabetes

Ranjith had type 1 diabetes and is enrolled in our Changing Diabetes® in Children programme in India.

Providing care for children with type 1 diabetes

It is an unbearable truth that in many of the world’s poorest countries, life expectancy for children with type 1 diabetes is very short. Often because insulin is not available or accessible. 

These children deserve a better future. 

The Changing Diabetes®  in Children programme is our joint effort with Roche, the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) and the World Diabetes Foundation to ensure care and life-saving insulin for children in countries where they need it the most. 

The programme takes a holistic approach, because we know that it takes more than medicine to create a better tomorrow.

Today, Changing Diabetes® in Children is providing medical care and insulin to more than 26,000 children. By 2030, we aim to reach 100,000.

Learn more about Changing Diabetes® in Children.

Improving diabetes care during humanitarian crises  

Worldwide, 500 million people live in fragile and conflict-affected situations. Many of these people require access to care for non-communicable diseases, including diabetes and hypertension.

COVID-19 emergency donation to humanitarian organisations

Responding to humanitarian crises

We work closely with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Danish Red Cross to tackle health issues. We collaborate to solve the growing need for chronic disease treatment for people forced to flee their homes and communities.

Partnering For Change helps all partners to move quickly in times of crisis - from assessing and reducing risk factors, to providing care to people in need and raising awareness.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our humanitarian efforts have included providing free insulin and shipment to our Red Cross partners and other humanitarian organisations until October 2020.

Learn more about Parterning for Change and how the partenrship is improving health in the midst of a humanitarian chrisis.

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Together, we aim to defeat chronic diseases

Faruqul Islam Mozumder with his daughter. Faruqul has type 2 diabetes and lives in Bangladesh.

Reducing premature deaths

Chronic or non-communicable diseases (NCD) like type 2 diabetes are the leading cause of death and disability globally. 

Many of the world’s poorest countries are the hardest hit. In fact, a person living in a low-income country faces a lifetime chance of 20-30% of dying from an NCD under the age of 70. This is two to four times higher than in a high-income country.

To enable and assist lower-income and lesser developed countries to scale-up sustained action against NCDs, we joined the Defeat-NCD Partnership. 

The public–private–people partnership aims to gather and mobilise global and national knowledge, tools, capacities and finances to reduce premature deaths from NCDs.

Learn more about the Defeat-NCD Partnership

Innovative solutions for affordable insulin and care

For the working poor, whose income falls below the poverty line, living with diabetes and paying for insulin treatment is a daily struggle.

Base of the Pyramid programme

As the world’s largest producer of human insulin, it is both a responsibility and a business opportunity to support local health authorities in making sure that insulin reaches these people – at a price they can afford.

To fight against price increases in the medicine supply chain, we have introduced the Base of the Pyramid programme. The programme aims to improve access to medicine and ease the cost burden of diabetes care. 

Learn more about the Base of the Pyramid programme (pdf)