SE-Asia to get in­sulin

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Scott Morgan

Dis­as­ter-struck ar­eas in Myan­mar and China are set to re­ceive much needed in­sulin thanks to gen­er­ous Auck­land di­a­betes pa­tients.

Mt-Eden-based Di­a­betes NZ Auck­land have been col­lect­ing sup­plies for the storm and earth­quake rav­aged re­gions for sev­eral weeks.

The in­sulin and blood sugar test strips will be de­liv­ered to the ar­eas by Aus­tralian group In­sulin For Life.

Di­a­betes NZ Auck­land as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager Mar­guerite Durl­ing, who or­gan­ises the col­lec­tion pro­gramme, says there are sev­eral rea­sons why peo­ple have left over in­sulin.

“Some peo­ple change pre­scrip­tions and have left­overs and fam­i­lies bring them in when a mem­ber has died.”

Ms Durl­ing says it “al­ways feels good” to help peo­ple in need.

Di­a­betes NZ Auck­land gen­eral man­ager John Den­ton says In­sulin For Life are ex­perts at get­ting the sup­plies into some of the most dif­fi­cult re­gions in the world.

“It’s shipped by courier so it al­ways reaches its des­ti­na­tion.”

When there is not an im­me­di­ate dis­as­ter to re­spond to, Mr Den­ton says the sup­plies are sent through­out the Pa­cific, to places such as the Solomon Is­lands.

“Many coun­tries are not fully funded like us. One pack is worth $180.”

Do­na­tions of un­wanted in­sulin or blood sugar test strips can be dropped off at Di­a­betes Auck­land, 62-64 Val­ley Rd, Mt Eden.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Ready to go: Di­a­betes Auck­land’s Mar­guerite Durl­ing helps to pre­pare a batch of med­i­cal sup­plies set to be sent to Myan­mar and China.

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