The initiative was started by Team Type 1 Foundation, an initiative which supports diabetes patients to better manage their diseases through appropriate diet, exercise, treatment, and technology.
Dr. Patrick Ndimubanzi, Minister of State in the Ministry of Health in charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care said that the Government of Rwanda has doubled efforts in preventing and fighting the prevalence of diabetes and avails appropriate treatment to diabetes patients across the country.
He said that the Ministry of Health prioritizes fighting against diabetes and other non-communicable diseases and their consequences.
Bernard Brisolier, business unit CEO at ABBOTT Diabetes Care said “We are happy to introduce this initiative in Rwanda and support diabetes patients throughout their disease. Hopefully, we can contribute to increasing their life expectancy.”
Phil Southerland, Team Type 1 founder commended ABBOTT for the life-saving initiative. Team Type 1 Foundation has been operating in Rwanda for 10 years now with the support of Tour du Rwanda team.
ABBOTT has been helping African communities including Rwanda lead healthier lives and partnered with the Ministry of Health in 2019 to start 8 health posts in Bugesera district.
A research made in 2014 showed that 3% of Rwandans suffer from diabetes including 2000 with Type 1 diabetes.
The government of Rwanda has doubled efforts in fighting against diabetes by providing easy access to medication for patients and informing the public about healthy habits to adopt to prevent the disease.
ABBOTT promotes healthy living across the world and employs a team of 103,000 assigned to 160 countries who provide health services and advice.