On June 15th, I did a presentation at ADJ Diabetes Brasil entitled “Diabetes Without Borders” which included the participation of Ronaldo Wielseberg (IDF Young Leader from Brazil), Júlia Silveira (IDF Young Leader from Portugal) and Alexandra Costa (IDF Young Leader from Portugal) and Renan Jacomassi (Musician).
The intention was to show:
- Diabetes scenario Worldwide: why diabetes education and prevention is such a big issue;
- How young people can make a difference: give audience a glimpse of how simple it can be with a group activity in which they had to help solve a “case”
- Those who are already doing: interactivity and activism on diabetes and how IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes have been doing that.
To reach that I started with a brief presentation exposing my history and what brought me there, emphasizing dreams, purpose and cause (the desire to live in a more just and equal in opportunities to treat and prevent diabetes). Showing undiagnosed and untreated diabetes in numbers and how it impacts one´s health, public spending, prejudice and stigma in our society.
The audience was invited to sit in groups to discuss and come up with suggestions on how to attract young people with diabetes to participate on youth support groups. We had inspired people with many ideas!
Brazil lives, what many calls, a transition moment on its history. A moment that we can dream about our future. Internet connects its vast territory, many emerged from poverty, young people start to make “micro revolutions” on its own community while a bigger change is expected from politicians.
Ronaldo is a living example of how young people with diabetes are already working and making a big impact. He showed the history of diabetes, emphasising on how we have a lot of things today that we can count on to have a good control. Julia and Alexandra from APDP (Associção Protetora dos Diabéticos de Portugal) showed the Núcleo Jovem project , how is diabetes in Portugal and what are their dreams.
Julia & Alexandra
We also counted, as you can see in all the pictures, with a mural that compiled projects from the IDF Young Leaders Krystal Boyea, Rachel Lamb, Timothée Froment, Annelieke Overbeeke, Koen Biesemans, Aminath Rahman, Jan Twachtmann, Maria Hillinger, Pauline Vignal and Margot Vanf.
And in the end, a simple homage to our mentor Mark Barone, who runs the Treinamento para Formação de Jovens Líderes em Diabetes (Young Leaders in Diabetes Training). Thanks to his contribution we are able to make what we do today.
Here goes more photos of the event: