• Donate supplies to type one diabetics in need. Test strips, glucose meters, etc.
     

    PROBLEMS FACING DIABETICS IN UKRAINE

    • An insulin shortage is unfolding. Infrastructure like deliveries and pharmacies are disrupted, and diabetics are starting to ration Insulin. Without Insulin, they are days away from diabetic ketoacidosis. This is a life-threatening medical emergency that is often fatal.
    • Disruption to food availability is putting thousands at risk of hypoglycemia. 
    • Disruption to infrastructure and utilities means diabetics may not be able to use their CGMs. If you can't change your phone or receiver, you can't use your CGM. They MUST have access to a manual finger pricker to protect against episodes of sudden hypoglycemia.
    • Loneliness is already a global crisis in diabetes. Now, more than ever, we need to rally behind our Ukrainian cousins and support them.

    SOLUTIONS TO THESE PROBLEMS

    • Donate test strips, spare glucose meters, lancets, and other supplies. To somebody with nothing, spares or "good enough" kit is critical.
    • Donate sweets and non-perishables. In the absence of food, or means to cook food (think evacuation), diabetics face hypoglycemia. Long-life sweets like jelly babies, chocolate, moams, are important to keep sugars topped up and are easily carried and kept.
    • Donate small powerbanks. Powerbanks can help diabetics stay in touch with their families, but also to charge their receivers and phones, and more, to keep their CGMs and pumps running and stay safe. We will charge them before we ship them.
    • We need to show solidarity with diabetics in Ukraine. We need to come together as a global community and support them. Let them know that they are not alone, and their struggle is not forgotten.

    HOW YOU CAN HELP

    • Donate test strips, spare glucose meters, lancets, and other supplies. To somebody with nothing, spares or "good enough" kit is critical.
    • Donate sweets and non-perishables. In the absence of food, or means to cook food (think evacuation), diabetics face hypoglycemia. Long-life sweets like jelly babies, chocolate, moams, are important to keep sugars topped up and are easily carried and kept.
    • Support our outreach efforts. 100% of income from Ukraine-designed patches and stickers on Type One Style will be spent on supplies and reaching more people with diabetes in Ukraine. Then, wear those patches, raise awareness, and try to reach even more people that can help. Social media is the fastest and safest way we can get information & resources directly into the hands of diabetics in Ukraine. 
    • Reach out to people with diabetes and people that know people in Ukraine. Share this page and share our posts. We need to work together, like a social chain, to get supplies to the people that need them. Find people in need and send them to us. Check in on people.

    NEXT STEPS

    • E-mail hello@typeonestyle.com with a list of what you can donate, and we will provide you with the shipping address to deliver to.
    • We will group up supplies here in the UK and work with a network of people in Eastern Europe and Ukraine. We will use a mixture of mainstream and small couriers to get the right supplies, to the right people, in the right way. We will pay the import costs of supplies sent to us, and the shipping costs of supplies going to Ukraine.
    • Contact other businesses, big or small, that might be able to help. For example, you can message the customer service e-mails of sweet companies to encourage them to donate sweets to prevent hypoglycemia. Our combined voice is our best leverage.
    • Reach out to people with diabetes and people that know people in Ukraine. Tell us that they can get free supplies from us, but also talk with them and try to empathise with them. Now, more than ever, we need to bolster and support mental health in the T1D community.

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Last Modified on March 2, 2022