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People with diabetes type 1 need more sensitization than medication – Abbott

Author UZABAKIRIHO Jean Gabriel Views

Today the 16th january, 2020, in City of Kigali, Abbot in partnership with Ministry of Health through Team Type 1 Foundation has donated glucose meters and close to 12 million test strips to advance desease management for people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in Rwanda for the next four years. This comes as a result from a good partnership that both sides hold.

The FreeStyle Optium Neo glucose meters and 11.7 Million FreeStyle Optium tests strips from Abbott will provide access to ongoing diabetes care in Rwanda. This donation is in partnership with with Team Type 1 Foundation, a non-profit organization pursuing a global mission of education, empowerment and equal access to medecine for everyone affected by diabetes. “By working together with the Ministry of Health and Team Type 1 Foundation, we will empower thousands of people living with diabetes in rwanda to monitor their glucose levels and manage their diabetes, which will help them lead healthier and fuller lives.” Said Bernard Brisolier, Business Unit Director for Abbott’s diabetes care business in Africa

Even though they need more sensitization than medication, Minister of State in charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care Patrick Ndimubanzi, warned people with diabetes to have access to health insurance and treatment, especially poor people to whom treatment is costly.

“Without access to treatment that could be dangerous to you. If you are sick, you better have medical insurance, especially to those who can’t access treatment easly, so that you can be treated early to reduce risks.” said Ndimubanzi

According to the STEPS Survey 2014, Diabetes prevalence in rwanda is 3 percent and 2000 among the patients have type 1 diabetes.

Abbott providing 11.7 Million for treatment to Rwandans with Diabetes type 1

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