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.