Mexico City residents have their blood sugar levels tested in a clinic on Nov. 8, 2017, sponsored by Direct Relief, Asociacion Mexicana de Diabetes, and Baxter International Foundation. The clinics are part of the Driving Your Health Initiative, now in its second year, that seeks to expand care to patients within a 100-mile radius of Mexico City. (Photo by William Vazquez for Baxter International Foundation)

Quick Facts

  • Direct Relief and BD Diagnostics developed a program in the United States to assist people with insulin-dependent diagnosed diabetes.
  • Since 2013, Direct Relief has worked with healthcare companies to support camps focused on children who have diabetes and other chronic medical conditions requiring specialized care.
  • Direct Relief is providing critical medicines and supplies for patients with diabetes to its network of health facilities around the world.

In Focus

The number of people with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014, according to the World Health Organization. As daunting as the numbers are, the day-to-day realities of living with diabetes in an area without adequate care are far worse. Fortunately, the many health complications related to diabetes can be minimized or eliminated entirely through early detection and changes in daily lifestyle.

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