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Diabetes Series

Our Diabetes Series is designed to help guide providers in developing countries in good diabetes care; help people with diabetes with their own care; and help the general public increase their understanding of this disease.

More than half a billion adults worldwide are living with diabetes, and nearly 75% of them live in low- and middle-income countries. The potential impact of our series of videos on preventing and managing diabetes makes this series one of the most important we have ever produced.

The Diabetes Series provide key content on prevention and care that targets three global audiences:  people with diabetes, frontline health workers, and the general public.

Recognizing Type 1 Diabetes.v2

Diabetes is one of the greatest health challenges of the 21st Century – and it’s hitting low- and middle-income countries the hardest.

World Diabetes Foundation website

We established a key collaboration with the World Diabetes Foundation to assist in identifying content experts and potential film sites. Footage was filmed in Kenya and Sri Lanka in 2022. A few videos contain footage from the First Foods for Young Children video series with kind permission from UNICEF.


Primary Sources

Where There Is No Doctor, Hesperian Health Guides, 2022
Clinical practice recommendations for managing type 2 diabetes in the primary care setting, IDF, 2017
Diagnosis and management of type 2 diabetes, WHO, IDF, 2020
Global guideline for type 2 diabetes, IDF, 2012
Pregnancy & diabetes, Global Guideline, IDF, 2009
Food rules, Michael Pollan, 2009

Content Experts

Dr. Carol Greenlee
Dr. Ann Bullock
Leigh Steed
Dr. Richard Katzman
Dr. Noel Somasundaram
Dr. Dinesh Neupane
Dr. Sweta Koirala

Clinical Sites

KENYA – Embu Level 5 Hospital
KENYA – people in communities around in Embu Town and Kairuri
SRI LANKA – Kalutara General Hospital
SRI LANKA – people within community around Kalutara

Health Worker “Actors”

Kenya – Mary Gatumu
Kenya – Ann Njura Njagi
Kenya – Doris Macharia
Kenya – Naomi Wayua Muema
Sri Lanka – Dr Tharanga Samarasekara
Sri Lanka – Dr Charitha Poruthota
Sri Lanka – Dr Theja Hurukgamuwa
Sri Lanka – Thilini Gunasinghe
Sri Lanka – Iresha Sanjeewani

What to Eat

Film Team

Deb Van Dyke – producer, director, writer
Mark Binder – videographer
Bishnu Kalpit – videographer
Tony Bacon – editor
Rosa Marin Ribas – illustrator and animator
Andrew Hagiioannu – music composer
Charlotte Blake Alston – English narrator
Anne Lehericey – French narrator
Maria Alexandra Granja – Spanish narrator
Mara Menzies – Swahili narrator

Funding Support

We are grateful for an anonymous grant and to our individual and family donors—from the Mad River Valley of Vermont and beyond— for the generous funding that made the diabetes prevention and care series possible.