Winter Camp 2019

Diabetes India Youth in Action (DIYA) continues to empower Type-1 diabetic through its annual winter camp at Manger, Haryana.

Manger, Haryana, December 28, 2019: In its endeavor to continue its mission of educating people with Type-1 diabetes, Diabetes India Youth in Action (DIYA) organized a two-day camp for 120 people at Camp Wild Dhauj at Aravalli valley, Mangar, Haryana.


The two-day long event saw people with Type-1 diabetes from Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Patiala, Jalandhar, and Karnal. The camp aimed to bring together different people with Type-1 diabetes with a hope that they can be empowered to create fresh approaches towards awareness of Type-1 diabetes, new technology, and positive diabetic living.


This winter camp entailed various sessions planned for the gathering: The QnA session with Dr. Saurabh Uppal from Jalandhar and Dr. Anil Gomber from Delhi, which was immensely insightful for a lot of parents with T1D children. The next session after a brief set of team-building games was on Diabetic Waste Management with resource people being Devaank Singh, Charvi Arora, and Dr. Apoorva Gomber. They stressed on understanding diabetic waste and its safe disposal and the importance of being responsible Type1 Diabetics.


The group then hiked to the nearest Aravalli hills, a beautiful moderate trek that gave a bird’s eye view of Delhi. Post-lunch activities involved dividing the entire group into four subgroups, where there were separate chats simultaneously hosted in those four subgroups – Family/School chat with Harsh Kohli, Boys talk with Soham Bagchi, Girls talk with Apoorva Gomber, and Pumpers talk with Dr. Saurabh Uppal. These chats were extremely diverse and useful – ranging from hormones, menstruation, school and diabetes, managing pumps, and hygiene going simultaneously in the four groups. We wrapped up the day camp with tea and pakoras and a sundowner dance with Trishla, Mansi, and Jyotsana.  


There is an urgent need to educate people about Type-1 diabetes, as in most cases, it goes undiagnosed. In spite of the large number of people with Type-1 diabetes in India, India is not a diabetes-friendly society. The society suffers from lots of myths regarding diabetes and insulin use. According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) 2015 report, India comes second among the top three countries in the world with people living with T1D. It is estimated that India is housing approximately 97,700 children with T1D. The ultimate aim is to help Type-1 diabetics in India live longer, more meaningful lives.



By Charvi Arora

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