MoU to improve access to care for underprivileged children with type 1 diabetes

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Bengaluru: Novo Nordisk Education Foundation (NNEF) and Roche Diabetes Care India (RDC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to improve access to care for underprivileged children living with type 1 diabetes in India.

This partnership is part of a global collaboration between the two parties and will impact close to 4,000 children with type 1 diabetes in India. It will also provide education and training for doctors and nurses, and enhance awareness about diabetes and its management among children with type 1 diabetes and their families. Support will include free diabetes monitoring and management kits including insulin pens, needles, insulin cartridges, glucometers, strips, and lancets.

The partnership will provide care to people living with diabetes across specified centres affiliated with NNEF in 12 states and one union territory including Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal, Bihar, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan, and Jammu & Kashmir.

This partnership is part of NNEF’s Changing Diabetes in Children (CDiC) programme – a public-private partnership that provides free life-saving medicine and supplies for children and young people living with type 1 diabetes in low- and middle-income countries up to 25 years of age.

Vikrant Shrotriya, Managing Trustee, Novo Nordisk Education Foundation, said “This partnership comes on the back of a long and successful collaboration between CDiC and Roche globally to create healthier lives for those living with diabetes. I am grateful to all our partners who have collaborated with us on this journey. Working together is the best way to tackle healthcare access challenges at scale and create real ground level impact. Clearly, we are not alone in this fight to defeat diabetes.”

Talking at the event, Omar Sherief Mohammad, Cluster Head – India, Middle-East, and Africa, Roche Diabetes Care, said, “We are very proud to partner with NNEF, who has been dedicated towards this cause. Our initiatives in India with CDiC are part of our shared global efforts in creating such an ecosystem of care to provide better access to diabetes management to children with type 1 diabetes.” Initiatives by NNEF already touch the lives of nearly 6,000 children with type 1 diabetes in India.