Survive Sugar is a network of people living with diabetes. The network currently has more than 500 members. The network aims to help people living with diabetes on how to maintain a healthy diet and manage the disease.
In India more than 30 million people are diagnosed with diabetes. The actual number may be as high as 40 million. This makes that India has the highest number of people living with diabetes in the world.
Unfortunately, our Director, Mercy Annapoorani, was diagnosed with diabetes in 2008. At that time Blossom was already in operation for more than 15 years. Having been advocating for the rights of people living with other diseases such as HIV/AIDS and TB, she wanted to now put her efforts towards helping people living with diabetes.
Prevention is not enough. There is an urgent need to train the people living with diabetes on how to efficiently manage the disease.
- Mercy Annapoorani, Director of Blossom
Diabetes is not a 'popular' disease. You won't read about it in the news like you read about HIV/AIDS or TB. This lack of public interests has a negative effect on people living with diabetes. The issues surrounding diabetes are often not discussed as people living with diabetes experience stigma and discrimination. Especially people living under the poverty line struggle with their day to day lives. Medicine at government hospitals are of low quality and at private hospitals the diabetes medication is very expensive.
Survive Sugar aims to address these issues and advocate for better healthcare facilities for people living with diabetes. From within the community, diabetes advocates were identified. These advocates not only stand up for the rights of people living with diabetes, they also train people living with diabetes on living healthy lives.
Blossom intends to expand the Survive Sugar network in the future, to help more people living with diabetes.
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