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