What does The DANII Foundation do?
The DANII Foundation is a distinguished charitable organization dedicated to supporting individuals impacted by Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). It was established following Daniella Meads Barlow’s tragic passing due to Dead in Bed Syndrome (DIBS), a phenomenon linked to ineffective blood sugar regulation in those living with T1D during sleep.
Better, safer living through technology
Our mission is preventing DIBS and enhancing T1D individuals’ safety. We raise T1D awareness, lobby for affordable access to advanced technologies like Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) and Insulin Pumps, and educate the public. The DANII Foundation aims to alleviate the fear of not waking up, striving for an improved quality of life within the T1D community.
The DANII Foundation established an Australia-wide consumer campaign to make life-saving remote alert technology for those living with Type 1 Diabetes affordable and reduce the unnecessary suffering and deaths often associated with Type 1 Diabetes. This resulted in the Australian Government committing to give all 130,000 Australians with Type 1 Diabetes access to subsidised Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM), reducing the costs of life-saving technology from $5000 to under $400 per year for those living with Type 1 Diabetes.
Not just campaigning – practical help too
The DANII Foundation didn’t just campaign – at the same time DANII raised funds to help those who couldn’t afford CGM, eventually supplying several hundred Continuous Glucose Monitoring systems to those living with Type 1 Diabetes. That has now been replaced with the even more ambitious programme to provide Insulin Pumps where needed.
Our Insulin Pump Programme
Insulin Pump therapy, coupled with technologies like Continuous Glucose Monitors, holds a transformative potential for Type 1 Diabetes patients. It decreases severe hypoglycemia occurrences, enhances glucose control, and lowers costs linked to emergencies and hospitalisation. Moreover, it mitigates hypoglycemia-related fears, distress, and depressive symptoms, positively impacting health status and quality of life. Unfortunately limited access due to costs hinders its adoption among Australians with Type 1 Diabetes.
How The DANII Foundation is helping
The DANII Foundation IPSP (Insulin Pump Scholarship Program) provides Insulin Pumps to families who have children under 18 years of age with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), and to Adults over the age of 18 with Type 1 Diabetes who are identified to be struggling financially and cannot afford private health insurance. Our 2023 – 2024 programme aims to provide 100 Scholarship Grants.