To mark 100 years since the discovery of insulin and to celebrate the premiere of our film documenting the current state of insulin access around the world, Health Action International hosted a Q&A with the film’s key contributors.
Our Managing Director Steve Maud, director of the film, joined HAI stakeholders and interviewees to discuss the importance of continuing the conversation around access to insulin and for Steve to give his perspective on making this film.
Insulin 100 Years On: Leaving no one behind
A short film about the global diabetes crisis and how NGOs are tackling endemic insulin shortages.
Sector: Global Health
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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 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.
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Transforming schistosomiasis detection with a rapid test that will transform diagnosis in low-income countries.
Sector: Global Health
A locally shot film told by locals for the wider world.
Innovation is fundamental to achieving elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases and FIND wanted the drivers of this important project to tell their own story.
With travel restrictions in place we went to our our trusted and incredibly hardworking George Muiruri who followed a day in the life with the team running this prototype test for schistosomiasis in Kwale, Kenya.