People with diabetes require proper & effective medicines to control their blood glucose levels, blood pressure and blood lipids. Regular supply of insulin is also necessary for many diabetic patients.
Unfortunately, the quality of care for people with diabetes differs widely. In many high-income people with diabetes have access to everything required to care. On the other-side, quality care is inaccessible or unaffordable to many. Continuous accessibility to medicines is still a big problem in many less-resourced areas, especially in low- and middle-income groups. In case of insulin, the lack of continuous supply can lead to severe illness and even death.
The International Diabetes Federation said that approximately 4 million people die each year as a result of diabetes. Many of these deaths could have been prevented with proper access to medicines and supplies. Many times the total supply of the medicine is less than required, there are transportation problems, or the medicine is not available in local areas. We are working to improve access to health professionals, promoting high-quality generic medicines, Providing education, insulin and medicine expenses for diabetics.
A global survey was conducted on the perspective of people with diabetes and health professionals on Access to Medicines and Supplies.
The main findings include:
- Insulin, in its various types, was always available in over 80% of high-income countries, compared with less than 15% in low income countries.
- Other diabetes medicines, were available in over 80% of high income countries, compared with less than 20% in low-income countries.
- The availability of diabetes supplies differentiated between close to 80% in high-income countries and less than 15% in low-income countries.