The League of DiAthletes (LOD) connecting the world as 1 through living with type 1. 

A team of passionate ‘DiAdvocates’ living with type 1 diabetes, and a connected alliance of diabetes patient organisations shared around the world. We believe the vague word of ‘education’ needs to be included with a relatable and empowering approach, best implemented from the heart of the patient perspectives.

LOD shares a global protocol for practical diabetes educational workshops, hosts type 1 diabetes advocacy training camps, empowers through teamed global challenges, releases worldwide media awareness campaigns & envisions a world where diabetes education is accessible, relatable and reliable for everybody.    

#T1DGlobal19 – members of the LOD team took on the Central American rainforest: www.GoFundMe.com/project-lod-for-t1d 

Episode 1: Welcome to Costa Rica

Episode 2: Reaching the Community

Episode 3: The Rainforest

Episode 4: The Surviving

T1D GLOBAL NETWORK: THE CONNECTED PARTNERS OF LOD

AFRICA:

GHANA – DIABETES YOUTH CARE

In many hospitals in Ghana adolescents and youth living with diabetes are usually managed in the same setting as the adults. With these differences, most young people with chronic diseases would either come to the hospital close to closing time or would have very poor compliance to their various treatment regimes. Diabetes Youth Care (DYC) was set up to manage such patients seperately to improve the quality of life for children, teens and families affected by diabetes. DYC provides education and medical support to encourage personal growth, knowledge acquisition and independence in living with diabetes.

UGANDA & EAST AFRICA – SONIA NABETA FOUNDATION

The Sonia Nabeta Foundation (SNF) shares a mission to alleviate the hefty cost of treatment and provide holistic healthcare and community support for low-income children with type 1 diabetes, A.K.A “Warriors,” starting in Uganda. SNF’s vision is to reduce deaths due to T1D complications, increase life expectancy and improve the quality of life for warriors to reach their greatest potential.

AMERICA:

COSTA RICA – ASOCIACION DIA VIDA

The key aims of our association are to create awareness that it is time to focus on the improvement of integral health and the quality of life that all citizens living with diabetes deserve. We coordinate school visits, motivate people to better understand and work with their diabetes, arrange monthly meetings which we continue to grow the number of people attending and quality of topics discussed, and host an annual youth camp which connects young people living with diabetes from all areas of the country.

ECUADOR – CASA DE LA DIABETES

Casa de la Diabetes is a space of attention with a goal to improve the quality of life for people living with types 1 and 2 diabetes, through timely care and education. With a complete team to help both patients and their families, and we offer support in the medical, psychological and educational areas for the patient and the family, so they can take their new lifestyle in a better way.

UNITED STATES – DASH CAMP

DASH Sports Education run diabetes empowerment and educational programs around the San Francisco Bay area & Internationally since 2012. DASH is hosted by a group of people living with and without diabetes who are not content with the current status of health across the U.S and world, and seek to use experiences to give back to communities.

ASIA:

INDIA – DIABETES INDIA YOUTH in ACTION (DIYA)

DIYA is a group of dedicated volunteers who are all passionate about bringing people living with type 1 diabetes together to share what we deal with every day and to learn from each other on this journey together. We provide education and recreation within a supportive community, encouraging personal growth, knowledge and independence. Our focus is on diabetes education, to create awareness and ensure access to affordable care.

KUWAIT – DIABETES AMBASSADORS PROGRAM

DAP operates a series of components in helping people living with diabetes. Education / Awareness includes lectures in schools and detailed social media posts. Insulin Access, where DAP works with T1International regarding diabetes access advocacy tool kits. Advocacy, where tasks involve attending local and international workshops & congresses, with media interviews also under this component. Laws & Regulations, dedicated for the development of a Kuwait law that protects the rights of people living with diabetes for their career growth, social and children rights. Group sessions, for advanced discussions for people with diabetes. Self-Management, focused on supporting the daily routines and understandings for people with diabetes in all areas: sports, travel, adventure & responsibilities.

PAKISTAN – MEETHI ZINDAGI

Meethi Zindagi envisions improving lives for people living with diabetes across Pakistan through a patient-centred approach. Meethi Zindagi pin-points environmental, educational, political, financial, health, technological, social and pschological factors for people living with diabetes & it’s co-morbidities, to become a unification platform for those affected by diabetes and to thereby making their lives sweet.

EUROPE:

GREAT BRITAIN – DIATHLETE

Founding partner of LOD, this is the DiAthlete website where practical workshops & events are utilised to help educate, encourage and empower people living with type 1 diabetes. 

GREECE – PANCRETAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION

The Pancretan Diabetes Association for juvenile diabetes has been operating since 2004 in Crete, based in Heraklion, with members initially being mainly parents of children with diabetes, on the initiative of social service and the paediatric diabetes clinic of Heraklion University Hospital. The association is a member of the Hellenic Federation of Diabetes in Greece. The aims of PDA are to organise seminars and courses on the prevention, diagnosis and fight against disease, to educate parents of children with type 1 diabetes and to cooperate with other relevant associations in Greece and overseas to raise awareness and eliminate ignorance in diabetes.  

FRANCE – TYPE 1 FAMILY

Type 1 Family Solidarite Diabete aims to provide people with type 1 diabetes with a framework of mutual support; to contribute to awareness, information and education around type 1 diabetes; support research and innovation related to type 1 diabetes for hope of healing; defend the rights and interests of people with diabetes; organise, support and promote any type 1 diabetic initiative; to inspire the community and the general public – notably through the achievement of sporting challenges – to federate type 1 diabetics and their entourage, to encourage meetings and exchanges, to help the human, social, cultural and professional development of type 1 diabetics.

ROMANIA – ASCOTID

Ascotid was started in 2006 by 7 parents of children living with type 1 diabetes who first proposed to bring together all children & young diabetics (and families affected) living with Mures County of Transylvania, Romania, forming a large family of “sweet ones.” The purpose of the association is to promote, support and defend the interests of young people living with diabetes, and their families, with a humanitarian and charitable character.

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