Mohamed Shaaban

Egypt

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2002.

Member of YLD since 2015 (YLD Candidate).

My name is Mohamed. I am a 26 years old Egyptian from Cairo. I work as an Endocrinologist in one of the governmental hospitals in Cairo. I’ve been living with type 1 diabetes for 14 years now. I like reading, running and playing football.

Since I was diagnosed with diabetes I took control of its management with the support of my family especially my father who motivated me to keep up with diabetes. I still remember his determination when he was attending diabetes education sessions everyday after work and then passing this knowledge to me in a simple motivational way to inspire me to accept my condition and to deal with it responsibly. Of course I’ve come across a lot of hard moments in my life with diabetes but I believe that this is a normal variety in everyone’s life whether is living with diabetes or not, and it’s up to one’s personal decision whether to take diabetes as an opportunity or a disadvantage.

My project is called “Better Diabetes Care” and it is meant to be an integrated patient-centred continuous care for people with diabetes anywhere in Egypt. The objective is to ensure a better life for people living with diabetes in my country, especially in unprivileged areas. This is being achieved through various forms of care such as education, empowerment, raising public awareness, research conduction, providing medical care and supplies.