There are now 3.7 million cases of patients with diabetes in the Philippines, and the numbers are increasing. While most are Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (DM) patients, more than 300,000 cases are Type 1 DM patients.
Like other types of diabetes, Type 1 patients may also suffer from complications when blood sugar is uncontrolled. Since they start young, the onset of complications such as blindness or kidney problems may also start early.
Novo Nordisk, who is celebrating 20 years in the Philippines, continues to be committed to helping Filipinos affected by diabetes.
During the celebration of World Diabetes Day on November 14, 2019 at the Quezon City Memorial Circle, Novo Nordisk donated insulin to support the need of 40 children under the care of HOPE Worldwide Philippines.
Being a child protection agency, HOPE Worldwide Philippines advocates safeguarding the lives of children through ensuring that they have access to healthcare services. “We are helping indigent children [with diabetes] avail of insulin. Their families are from the poorest of the poor and cannot afford to buy insulin and blood sugar monitoring devices,” says Moises Velasco Jr., Executive Director of HOPE Worldwide Philippines, Inc. “This donation from Novo Nordisk is very important, because this can help normalize children’s lives.”
Cihan Serdar Kizilcik, Vice President and General Manager of Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals (Philippines), Inc. underscored that we should do all we can to not lose children affected by Type 1diabetes and support their families.
“Novo Nordisk commits to supporting the diabetes community with constant dialogue with patient groups and healthcare professionals; and helping them advocate for their priorities. We have done it this year by linking patient groups in the Philippines with peer groups from Australia and the United Kingdom,” says Kizilcik.
As part of its campaign, the company together with Lions Clubs of the Philippines, Quezon City local government, medical societies, and other important stakeholders led a Guinness world record attempt during World Diabetes Day at the Quezon City Memorial Circle. To mark their solidarity and commitment against diabetes, more than 3000 people simultaneously opened blue umbrellas while in a circular formation. The color blue represents the flag of the United Nations which created the UN Resolution on Diabetes in 2006, while the circle is the symbol of World Diabetes Day that signifies positivity, unity, and strength against diabetes.