The Blue Diamond project will mainly focus on raising diabetes awareness. Various events will take place and an online platform will be set up. There will be an online diabetes talk session, which will provide proper education about diabetes. Some support for the project will be provided by the local diabetes group (“Thai diabetes children and adolescents support club”). Chanut and his association also plan to expand their initiative with Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia.
As the coordinator of the support group, Chanut will raise awareness among adolescents with the aim of reducing discrimination and bullying for children with type 1 diabetes in Bangkok and other regions. The project also aims to ensure improved acceptance in schools and in sports team and develop peer support for young people with type 1 diabetes from neighbouring countries (e.g. Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia).
Chanut has now met with a doctor and people with T1D to discuss the main gaps in diabetes support. He has also shot a short film to raise awareness about diabetes in Thailand, which will be released to the public in the months to come.
On the set of the short film
Chanut has decided to use social media as a way of reaching more people in his awareness campaign, and to organise monthly lectures about diabetes-related topics, via live videos where everyone can interact, ask questions and engage in lively debates.