Diabetes resources in Haiti
Significance of One is partnering with Maddie Swan to improve the lives of people in Haiti living with diabetes. Read below on to see more on Maddie's heart for this project, statics on diabetes in Haiti, and what FRIO cases will do to help!
update - fundraiser has ended
39 frios were able to be purchased
Thank you to all who gave!
A word from Maddie
"I am starting a fundraiser (w/ the help of a nonprofit organization called Significance of One) to bring diabetes supplies to Haiti!!!! A company that specializes in keeping insulin cool has agreed to provide a discount to get these FRIO cases to Haiti. Keeping insulin cold is so so so important and the high temps/limited electricity makes it hard for diabetics to get the medicine they need to live. These packs are lifesaving!!!! I’ve had diabetes for a long time so it truly does hit home!
- Maddie Swan
diabetes in haiti
There thousands of diabetes patients in Haiti, and hundreds of clinics that treat them
One clinic that reached out to Significance of One has over 400 diabetic patients that are in need of Insulin, Accuchecks, and strips. There is a huge need in this clinic for a way to keep Insulin cool, as well as vaccines.
Blood sugar control is very difficult to gauge in Haiti as patients do not have blood sugar meters for home use. By the time they are able to get to a clinic (due to distance or expense), a blood sugar reading is of little use. Clinics need the ability to check A1C levels, but this is a very expensive test and is not readily available in Haiti.
There is a large need in Haiti for patient education, especially when it comes to nutrition. The average Haitian diet is very high in carbohydrates (bread and rice), which makes it very difficult to keep blood sugar levels in a healthy range. It is especially difficult when they don’t have a meter to monitor blood sugars before and after meals. Also, trying to keep blood sugars up due to the lack of having access to three meals a day - let alone healthy snacks - is also difficult.
One of the biggest needs for clinics and patients in Haiti who need Insulin is the ability to keep it at cool temperatures. On top of this, there is a need to keep all vaccines cool.
How frio packs work
To activate the FRIO® wallet, immerse it in cold water for 5-15 minutes. Crystals contained in the panels of the wallet then expand into a gel, which remains cool for up to several days — relying on the process of evaporation for cooling. Just towel dry the outside and it's ready to go! To use it again, put the FRIO® back in water — it can be reactivated over and over again.
The FRIO® Insulin Cooling Case is a reusable evaporative cooler whose cooling properties do not come from an icepack - or anything that needs refrigeration. Its cooling properties come from the evaporation of water. When activated, it keeps its low temperature for a minimum of two days, even in temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit.