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March 13, 2024

The Type 1 Diabetes Community Fund Awards $700,000 to Strengthen Community-based Organizations in Africa, Central and South Asia, Europe, and Latin America

The Fund invests in the power of local communities to improve the lives of people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in low- and middle-income countries.

SEATTLE, March 13, 2024— Today Panorama Global announced US $700,000 for 14 community-based organizations through The Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) Community Fund. With this support, grant recipients will continue providing life-saving services and other forms of medical, social, economic, or emotional care for people living with T1D and their families in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

In 2023, there were an estimated 1.8 million people living with T1D in LMICs. Tragically, uneven access to medicine, treatment, and support means that on average a 10-year-old child diagnosed with T1D in a high-income country will outlive their LMIC counterparts by nearly 50 years. To address this disparity, community-based organizations play a key role in closing care gaps by ensuring access to high-quality medical, social, economic, and emotional support.

“The staggering health disparities demonstrate the urgency of investing in local, wrap-around solutions for T1D. We are proud to welcome 14 remarkable community-based organizations to The T1D Community Fund network of partners working to close care gaps for communities everywhere,” said Gabrielle Fitzgerald, Panorama’s Founder and CEO.

Established with seed funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, The T1D Community Fund works with grant recipients to identify needs for additional capacity strengthening and provides a platform for practitioners to connect and learn from peer organizations globally. By providing resources at the community level, The T1D Community Fund aims to advance more comprehensive, inclusive, and person-centered health systems.

“Local organizations are a crucial element in supporting those living with T1D and their families," said James Reid, Program Officer for Helmsley's Type 1 Diabetes Program. "We hope that more donors will prioritize grassroots initiatives like the T1D Community Fund to amplify their impact in bringing T1D care around the globe.”

The new cohort of grantee partners includes:

  • African Community Center for Social Sustainability – ACCESS (Uganda) 
  • Ashuja'an Association for Juvenile Diabetes (West Bank)
  • Asociatia Tinerilor cu Diabet DIA (Moldova)
  • Association des Diabétiques du Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo) 
  • Charity Union of Persons with Disabilities and People with Diabetes Mellitus – UMID (Uzbekistan)
  • Diabetes Association of Botswana 
  • Diabetes Association of Sri Lanka
  • Fondation Diabete MNT (Guinea) 
  • Kabukye Trust (Uganda) 
  • Fundación Los Fresnos Casa de la Diabetes (Ecuador) 
  • Meethi Zindagi (Pakistan) 
  • Rwanda Diabetes Association 
  • Tanzania Diabetes Association
  • Union of Associations of Persons with Diabetes of Macedonia (North Macedonia) 

To date, the Fund has invested more than US$1.7 million in 30 organizations to provide direct patient care, advocate for improved health policies, and expand capacity building and education programs. For more information about The T1DCommunity Fund and the full roster of grantee partners, please visit

Media contacts

Angelica Serna, Senior Program Communications Manager
Alison Carley, Communications Officer

About The T1D Community Fund: The T1D Community Fund supports community-based organizations working to improve the lives of people living with type 1 diabetes in low- and middle-income countries. It is powered by Panorama Global—a social impact nonprofit that empowers changemakers through radical collaboration—with seed funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

About The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust: The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting exceptional efforts in the U.S. and around the world in health and select place-based initiatives. Since beginning active grantmaking in 2008, Helmsley has committed more than $4 billion for a wide range of charitable purposes. The Helmsley Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) Program is the largest private foundation funder in the world with a focus on T1D, with more than $1 billion to date committed to transform the trajectory of the disease and to accelerate access to 21st century care, everywhere. For more information on Helmsley and its programs, visit

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