Closing the gaps in access to diabetes care in low- and middle-income countries
On Thursday 7 April 2022, the Access to Medicine Foundation will host an in-person expert session in Amsterdam, focused on how to widen access to diabetes care in low- and middle-income countries.
Thursday 7 July 2022
In-person, all-day workshop. This will be an invitation-only event held under the Chatham House Rule.
Today, more than half a billion adults around the world are living
with diabetes, and this number is expected to rise dramatically over the next 20
years – especially in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Insulin is the cornerstone of diabetes treatment for all patients with type 1 diabetes and many of those with type 2. Yet, millions living in LMICs are commonly left without access to insulin, often due to poor local availability and unaffordable prices. This is often compounded by a lack of access to other essential health products for managing diabetes, such as blood glucose monitoring devices and testing strips.
In this full-day session, expert representatives from industry, public sector partners and global health organisations will meet in Amsterdam to discuss practices and solutions for closing the gaps in access to diabetes care in LMICs for insulin-dependent diabetic patients.
The session will explore innovative approaches to improving access to human and analogue insulins, including insulin biosimilars, and access to monitoring tools. It will provide participants with the opportunity to share key learnings and to discuss how good practices can be brought to scale to reach more patients in the coming years.
Access to Medicine Foundation events
Through moderated workshops and panel discussions, the Foundation provides space for people working with and within healthcare companies to come together and discuss access to essential medicines. Participants use the insights to redefine access strategies and internal metrics, while in turn informing the Foundation’s approach to mobilising the most important companies across five essential healthcare sectors.
The Foundation has organised previous interactive workshops on topics including access to generic medicines, shortages and stockouts of lifesaving products, access to medical oxygen, lessons learned from COVID-19 and how to ramp up access to medicine toward 2030.