We've all heard about the tragic news of the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti.
Someone on Twitter asked how many people have diabetes in Haiti. According to the Diabetes Atlas
, published by the International Diabetes Federation, the number is approximately 313,000 people.
Today, those people are hurting and dying every minute and WE can make a difference.
I asked Ron Raab, President of Insulin for Life (an NGO that receives donations to help people worldwide who cannot afford insulin and diabetes supplies) what was being done to help people with diabetes in Haiti. This is what he replied a few minutes ago:
"We have today sent 2 parcels (1370 mls insulin and strips, meters, lancets, pens, pen needles, syringes) by DHL to Haiti, after talking with them by phone. The supplies should arrive in 4 days.
We have a destination and active senior contacts there. We will need funds to cover the transport and handling costs of our sending ongoing donated supplies there. Donations can be via Pay Pal via our site www.insulinforlife.org."
So, please donate generously: we can help save lives of people with diabetes in Haiti. Go to www.insulinforlife.org and make a donation.
If you click on the Donate Now button
, it will take you to a PayPal page where donations are calculated in Australian Dollars (the Insulin For Life HQ is based in Australia). As of this post, 50 Australian dollars = US$46.50, so you can do your math before you donate.