THE ISSUE

Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is a condition for which a well-structured, holistic, healthcare system can endow those afflicted with long, healthy and productive lives. In Africa, however, many countries are unable to provide basic healthcare services for citizens living with T1D.

Children from low income households are the most vulnerable. Mortality is still very high due to several factors such as lack of awareness, insulin insecurity, and the hefty cost of treatment. Many die undiagnosed and worse still, diagnosis does not ensure survival. Stigma towards those afflicted is all too common. It is not uncommon for children diagnosed with T1D to be disowned by their parents and left to die. Some are removed from school since the hard logic of poverty is that it would be a waste of family resources to educate a child with a presumed low life expectancy. Yet still, children that do grow into adulthood are often burdened with complications due to poor glycemic control.

Successful management of T1D requires access to insulin and other relevant medical supplies; vigilant monitoring of glycemic levels; and access to a multidisciplinary team that not only includes medical doctors but also other essential personnel such as dietitians and psychologists – onerous demands for already overburdened healthcare systems in Africa. As such, other partners and actors are needed to improve the T1D healthcare system across the continent.

OUR WORK

PROVIDE

Provide blood sugar monitoring devices, test strips, HbA1c monitoring and other essential tests/supplies.

SPONSOR

Sponsor  awareness campaigns, diagnosis drives and healthcare worker training to reduce deaths from lack of awareness and/or diagnosis.

HOST

Host holistic wellness camps that integrate the mind, body and spirit into the T1D care and management regime.

ADVOCATE

Advocate for T1D to be part of standard emergency and non-emergency protocols at all general hospitals.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

HbA1c Monitoring

Helps a child get 3 HbA1c, Creatinine and Lipid profiles a year.

Glucometers

Gives a child a glucometer and
batteries for 5 years.

Syringes & Lancets

Gives a child a one year supply of
syringes and lancets.

Test Strips

Gives a child a one year supply of
blood glucose test strips.

OUR FINANCIALS

The Sonia Nabeta Foundation is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code and is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes. The Federal Tax Identification Number (EIN) for the Sonia Nabeta Foundation is 35-2543949
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