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Dear Friend,  

This year we celebrate 100 years that insulin has been saving the lives of people living with diabetes.   

Frederick Banting and his colleagues at the University of Toronto wanted to share their lifesaving discovery with everyone who needed it – they charged just US$1 for the patent on insulin.  

But fast forward to today: nearly one in two people with diabetes cannot access the insulin they need to control the disease. It's a life-or-death situation for people with type 1 diabetes.  

In fact, one in two people who have diabetes don’t even know they have it. And the number of people with diabetes is rapidly accelerating year on year, particularly in countries with fewer resources to tackle the problem.  

That’s why we are getting behind a resolution at the World Health Assembly to boost access to treatment for people living with diabetes everywhere.  

Today the high price of insulin is one of the barriers stopping people from getting treatment. We need transparency from the pharma companies on how they set their insulin prices – knowing that some of the prices currently charged are many times higher than the cost of producing the medicine.  

And in the bigger picture, we’re calling for concrete global targets to be set to save the lives of millions of people in the years ahead, and for governments to ensure the tools to manage diabetes are included in national treatment programmes.  

Join us today in calling on governments and health leaders to get behind this World Health Assembly resolution so it is adopted. Then we can start making better access to treatment for people with diabetes a reality.  

100 years since the discovery of insulin, MSF is working to make insulin more accessible and affordable for all those who need it.

Thank you!  

The Access Campaign team 

Find out more about our work on diabetes to help open up access to insulin for people in the places we work. 

← Read more about our work on our Medium blog 

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