To empower the Type 1 Diabetes community by creating information they can access to improve medical outcomes and quality of life.
Across South-East Asia it is estimated* that over 10,000 young people have Type 1 Diabetes. In order for them to survive and thrive, it is vital these people understand their condition and are educated in best management practices.
Many of them live hundreds of kilometres from hospitals and a trip to see a specialist Doctor can be financially and emotionally overwhelming. So the conventional approach of educating people through leaflets at clinics, although done with best intentions, continues to have limited outreach.
However, internet access in South-East Asia has boomed in the last decade, and young people now go online with cheap phones and cheap data. Because of this, affordable and localised digital access is now the most efficient solution to reach out and engage with the Type 1 Diabetes community.
A4D has launched HelloType1, a ground-breaking programme, to provide accurate information and best practice care about Type 1 Diabetes in local languages. Our aim is to implement HelloType1 in 8 countries by 2023 to help save and empower tens-of-thousands of lives.
*Estimation based on IDF_atlas_9th edition_2019 data and A4D internal data.
HelloType1 provides fundamental Type 1 Diabetes information in clear and engaging formats, helping both patients and caregivers improve their understanding of the condition.
HelloType1 brings the Type 1 Diabetes community together through social media, fostering a positive and interactive environment in which people can overcome their challenges.
HelloType1 gives people the tools to live full and active lives alongside Type 1 Diabetes.
HelloType1 content covers eight core topics. Content is curated for the topics using information only taken from accredited sources such as the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) and the International Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD).
This content is then reviewed and adapted by a panel consisting of healthcare experts (e.g. endocrinologist, nutritionist, diabetes nurse, psychologist) and members of the South-East Asia T1D communities, helping ensure the information is appropriate in a local context.
All information is carefully curated and then shared on the HelloType1 website and Facebook page, meaning it is easily accessible on mobile devices or desktops. A list of sources and content reviewers will be available at the bottom of each article.
Developed with the support of our partners in Cambodia:
Changing Diabetes® in Children is a public-private partnership established in 2009. The partnership provides comprehensive care for children and young adults living with type 1 diabetes in low- and middle-income countries. Since 2019, in collaboration with GIZ and the Department of Preventive Medicine of the Ministry of Health, CDiC has improved the life of more than 500 children and young adults with Type 1 Diabetes in Cambodia and are partnering now with A4D to provide education and empowerment to all the people with their lives affected by Type 1 Diabetes.
The German international cooperation has been working in Cambodia on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with a focus on Social Health Protection. They have decided to partner with A4D through the programme “Changing Diabetes in Children” (CDIC) in collaboration with Novo Nordisk.
The Department of Preventive Medicine of the Cambodian Ministry of Health is endorsing HelloType1 programme in Cambodia to improve Type 1 Diabetes disease awareness and education among the young people living with Type 1 Diabetes.”
The Cambodian Diabetes Association is determined to reduce the number of Cambodians developing T1D complications through education and improving primary intervention.
Developed with the support of our partners in Vietnam:
The Vietnamese Association of Diabetes and Endocrinology (VADE) was founded in 2001 as a member association of the National Vietnamese Medical Association. VADE is the peak medical and scientific society in Vietnam. Its mission is to improve care and quality outcomes for people living with diabetes.