Many people in most countries of the world who need life-saving insulin cannot obtain it.
Insulin for Life Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that collects and distributes insulin and other diabetes supplies that would otherwise be wasted. These are donated to recognised organisations in many countries, with agreed monitoring systems, on an ongoing, sustainable basis, and following emergencies. Recipient organisations include children’s diabetes camps, programs involving Australian medical students, Diabetes Associations and clinics.
As for the list of products IFL can take:
Insulin all types – no longer needed, unopened, in-date, with at least 5 months expiry date left on it.
Syringes – no longer needed, in-date, unopened packets with at least 5 months expiry date left on them
Test Strips all types – no longer needed, unopened, in-date with at least 5 months expiry date left on them.
Lancets – no longer needed, unopened, in-date with at least 4-5 months expiry date left on them.
Things they do not need at the moment are meters as below advised, and Pen needles
At this stage the only meters they are accepting are new unused ones not older than 2 years, there seems to be a safety issue regarding used meters, there could be some type of infection risk if they are not cleaned or been used correctly. So at this stage it may be best to dispose them safely. Please note all needles and lancets should be disposed in appropriate sharps container.
Please bring your supplies to our office in Onehunga at 92-94 Beachcroft Avenue.
Please note we do not recommend sending needles or lancets in the mail.
IFL are currently sending supplies to Fiji