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Say hi to Betty and her Besties

Betty has type 1 diabetes. In four video episodes Betty shows how she deals with her diabetes while still having fun with her friends. 

If you're a parent, caregiver or health care professional, use the Diabetes Besties animations to teach children with type 1 diabetes and their families how to manage the daily challenges they face. With the right care and education, diabetes does not stand in the way of a child living their full potential. 

Episode 1
Why do I need insulin?

Why does someone with type 1 diabetes need insulin? Watch Betty explain what it means to have diabetes and how she deals with it every day.

Download episode 1 here: English | French

Episode 2
How to inject insulin?

Betty has type 1 diabetes which means she needs to inject insulin every day. In this episode, Betty shows how to prepare and inject insulin safely with a syringe.

Download episode 2 here: English | French

Episode 3
How much insulin do I take?

It can be difficult for kids with type 1 diabetes to know how much insulin they need. Learn as Betty talks about how to balance her insulin with her daily activities.

Download episode 3 here: English | French

Episode 4
Low blood sugar and how to recognize it

How do kids with type 1 diabetes know when their blood sugar is low? Watch as Betty explains the symptoms of having low blood sugar, so a child can learn how to tell an adult when they don't feel well.

Download episode 4 here: English | French

About Changing Diabetes® in Children 

Established in 2009, Changing Diabetes® in Children is a public-private partnership providing comprehensive care for children and young people living with type 1 diabetes in low- and middle-income countries. This includes free life-saving medicine and supplies for persons up to 25 years of age.

The programme has reached over 34,000 vulnerable children and youth to date, runs across 25 partner countries worldwide and aims to reach 100,000 children and youth by 2030.

You can learn more about the initiative and download other education materials here.

About Changing Diabetes® in Children 

Education is critical to successfully managing type 1 diabetes, but specific educational material for children is rarely available.

Diabetes Besties was created to fill the lack of engaging patient education material for children with diabetes to be used by healthcare professionals from Changing Diabetes® in Children partnership. Consisting of four episodes, the cartoon series is currently available in English and French. With a didactic and comprehensive approach, the series can be used by parents, caregivers or healthcare professionals to teach children with diabetes what it is and how to manage it.