Students could help get free insulin to developing countries
- By: Mohamad Faris Hussain
An elective project has been set up to help launch the International Insulin Foundation. This will pilot a programme to distribute insulin free and educate people about type 1 diabetes in the Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPCs).
Professor John Yudkin, director of the International Health and Medical Education Centre at University College London, proposed the project under which students going to any of the HIPC countries would gather information on the current patterns of availability and distribution of insulin and on the care of patients with type 1 diabetes. The information will help the proposed International Insulin Foundation in its funding application.
Students on their electives will be encouraged to identify one or two patients with type 1 diabetes, preferably children or young adults, who should not be living in the immediate vicinity of the institution. They would then collect information about the cost, availability, and levels of information about