Insulin 100 Years On: Leave None Behind


‘Insulin 100 Years On: Leaving no-one behind’ is a short film about a global public health crisis. When insulin was first discovered in 1921, it turned the diagnosis of diabetes from a death sentence into a manageable condition. However, too many people living in developing countries find it increasingly difficult to access this life-saving treatment.

The commodification of an ever-growing market of people living with diabetes, combined with the inaction of governments, has led to a global health crisis. Not only do patients have to travel for hours to reach insulin, but inflated prices have forced many to ration their supplies in order to afford the drug at all.

With the help of NGOs, developing countries have been able to educate their populations, train their doctors and build public health strategies to improve access to insulin.

Only with global and national systems in place to tackle the problems of insulin availability and affordability can the world hope to bring this public health crisis under control.

This film was made with a diverse range of contributions, including the work of local film crews in Mali, Peru, Mozambique, Geneva and Amsterdam. Cloud9Media Creative Director and founder Steve Maud’s personal experience of living with Type 1 diabetes, as well as the company’s extensive work in the field of global health, has given the production of this film a well-informed and personal insight into the global diabetes crisis.

See more on the World Health Assembly Resolution on diabetes.

WHO AFRO – the ESPEN initiative

The main assembly room at the WHO in Geneva was full of excitement as partners from leading pharmaceutical companies, Ministers of Health from across Africa, scientists and the Gates Foundation gathered to discuss the elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases, a set of often-ignored and crippling diseases.

Working with a 2-person crew travelling over to Geneva for the day, we gauged the temperature in the room to capture the core messaging – and excitement!

The film was published along with the final report to give context to the people involved and ambition down the line.