Diabetes Support Network India Selected For Facebook Accelerator Programme

Nupur Lalvani
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Pune, 14th November 2021: ‘Diabetes Support Network India’, a Facebook community run by the Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation has become the first Indian diabetes community selected in the 2021 Facebook Community Accelerator Programme, focused on helping leaders harness the power of their community to turn ideas into action.

During the eight-month program, 131 participants spread over 9 regions of the world will receive mentorship, early access to all new Facebook products and funding upto $50,000 to invest in initiatives that extend their community’s positive impact.

Diabetes Support Network India is one of the 13 winning communities from the first-ever India cohort that had over 13,000 applications. “Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation is thrilled to be part of the 2021 Facebook Community Accelerator Programme. This recognition is not only for our team but for every single member of Diabetes Support Network India, our growing and vibrant Facebook family of people and families living with various types of diabetes. We are a safe space for people or caregivers living with any kind of diabetes to come together, learn & share experiences”, said Nupur Lalvani, Founder Director Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation, Certified Diabetes Educator and living with type 1 diabetes since the past 26 years.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, India is home to over 77 million diabetics, the second highest in the world. Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation is a volunteer-led, registered non-profit organisation and support group that works in diabetes awareness and advocacy.

It is the largest patient-led diabetes community & support group in India that welcomes people with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, etc. It aims to educate, engage and empower people with diabetes to live happy, healthy lives. It also aims to address the lack of access & to bust diabetes myths and stigma associated with the condition.

World Diabetes Day is generally marked on 14th November each year, which is the birthday of Sir Fredrick Banting who co-discovered insulin and won the Nobel Prize for it. 2021 is celebrated as the centenary of insulin as it marks 100 years of insulin discovery as well.