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Insulin for Life Receives American Diabetes Association's Distinguished Service Award
Australian Non-Profit Organization Presented with Harold Rifkin Award
Alexandria, VA (June 20, 2005) - The American Diabetes Association (ADA), the nation's leading voluntary health organization in the fight against diabetes, announced today that Insulin for Life Australia, received the Association's prestigious Harold Rifkin Award for Distinguished International Service in the Cause of Diabetes at the organization's 65th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, which ran from June 10-14. The award was accepted on behalf of the organization by its president, Ron Raab, along with Board Members Neil Donelan, Dr. Alicia Jenkins, Faye Kirkwood, Heidi Schmidt-Schmiedebach and Professor Eberhard Standl.
The Harold Rifkin Award for Distinguished International Service in the Cause of Diabetes is named for Dr. Rifkin, former president of the American Diabetes Association. It is awarded to an individual whose outstanding service in the cause of diabetes has been performed with an international perspective and with international impact.
"On behalf of the American Diabetes Association, we are thrilled to present this prestigious award to Insulin for Life," said Alan Cherrington, PhD, President of the American Diabetes Association. "The organization's contributions to the diabetes community directly support ADA's mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people living with diabetes."
More than 13,000 top scientists, physicians and other health care professionals from around the world shared cutting-edge research, treatment recommendations and advances toward a cure for diabetes at the Association's 65th Annual Meeting in San Diego.
In many developing countries, insulin can cost more than 50% of the average per capita annual income. As a result, many people cannot afford their life-saving insulin, a critical problem in countries where the full, unsubsidized price is high and must constantly be paid by the user or the family over many years or decades.
Insulin for Life (www.insulinforlife.org) is a non-profit organization in Australia that collects and distributes insulin, test strips and other diabetes supplies that would otherwise be wasted. Since 1986, Insulin for Life has donated 1,261,000 milliliters of insulin, 1.4 million syringes, 252 thousand blood test strips, and thousands of insulin pens, needles, lancets, monitors and other supplies to people with diabetes in 51 countries. These supplies are valued at four million dollars. The Insulin for Life model has been adopted by independent organizations in the U.K. and Germany, and Insulin for Life has recently established a center at the University of Oklahoma Diabetes Center.
Volumes of insulin distributed by all IFL affiliated centers are estimated to be over 20,000 vials equivalent (200,000 mls) each year. Supplies are distributed to countries in need following emergencies and on a regular basis for ongoing care. A few months' worth may be all that is needed-giving a person time to replenish their ongoing supplies.
Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body's ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood sugar to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. 18.2 million Americans have diabetes. And, an additional 41 million have pre-diabetes. Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death by disease in the United States and it has no cure.
The American Diabetes Association is the nation's premier voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. The Association's mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Founded in 1940, the Association provides services to hundreds of communities across the country. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.
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