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					                           ANNUAL REPORT 2004
It has been an exciting year, with a number of
major new developments and expansion of
existing programs.

1. Major Objectives

 To collect and donate insulin - a life-saving
  medicine, test strips and other diabetes
  supplies, including those that may otherwise
  be wasted, following urgent requests for short-
  term supply and to several countries and
  Diabetes Associations on an ongoing basis, as
  a model program, based on a philosophy of
  “equity”.

   To assist with the development and
    implementation of similar programs elsewhere.
                                                        The front of the concert program at the EASD
   To contribute to other efforts to improve insulin                  in support of IFL
    and other supplies cost and availability in
    countries in need.


2. Collection and Distribution Activities

   The volume of supplies collected, stored and sent from our centre in Ballarat, Australia
    has increased significantly during the year. We are also focusing on the establishment of
    similar centres elsewhere.

   Details of the supplies sent from Australia are:

2003-4 Year

During the year, there were 40 separate consignments consisting in total of:

                 36,150 mls insulin
                 41,550 blood glucose test strips
                 37,570 syringes
                 17,530 pen needles
                 57 meters
                 7700 lancets
                 146 insulin pens
We value these at $US 126,900 ($AUD184, 000), based on $US 25 per 10 mls insulin and
$US35 per 50 test strips. This is a conservative estimate of the unsubsidised cost that
people with diabetes would have to pay in such countries for such items.


Totals donated since 1984

                1,263,370 mls insulin
                285,125 blood glucose test strips
                1,446,970 syringes
                 Meters and other items have also been donated each year.

We value these at $US 3,549,300. Forty-six countries in all 7 of the International Diabetes
Federation (IDF) Regions have received supplies. These would have otherwise been
wasted.

Countries Supplied 2003-4

During the year supplies were sent to the following 12 countries, in order of value, with the
number of separate consignments in brackets:

         Bolivia (12)
         Republic of Congo (6)
         Rwanda (4)
         Zimbabwe (4)
         Democratic Republic of Congo (4)
         Ecuador (3)
         Haiti (1)
         Russia (2)
         Ukraine (1)
         Trinidad and Tobago (1)
         Tanzania (1)
         Cuba (1)

   Most recipients are Diabetes Association Members of the International Diabetes
    Federation. They have sought our involvement and entered into a standard agreement
    and understanding, indicating how the supplies are collected and sent, and that they
    should be distributed only to poor people who would otherwise have great difficulty
    obtaining them.

   The University of Oklahoma, USA – IFL distribution centre established its administration
    and systems during the year and supplies have been sent to “Russian Kids” an outreach
    project organised by Dr Sam Wentworth which supplies children’s camps close to
    Moscow with supplies and has been doing this for 11 years.

   Diabetes-Auckland, NZ continues to send supplies to the Australia centre regularly as
    does the Diabetes Centre, Liverpool, UK (Dr G Gill).

   Insulin Zum Leben (IZL), Germany, which has been a pivotal organisation financially
    supporting IFL for many years, has also developed its own collection and distribution
    program. It has established a dedicated storage and distribution centre and has during
    the year supplied Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia), through a German children’s support
    association, which has a number of programs there. Supplies are also sent regularly to
    Bolivia, and recently to the island of Seychelles (Indian Ocean) and to Tanzania.
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   The Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust, UK has been sending supplies for some years to
    India and recently has offered IFL additional supplies and these are being sent to our
    Oklahoma Centre and may possibly be sent directly to specific countries.

   All these collection centres are coordinated in activities with IFL Central Office in
    Australia. Destinations are decided in collaboration with IFL Australia,

    During the year we entered a new phase where a country in need received supplies
    from a number of our collaborating centres in a coordinated fashion thus increasing our
    ability to send specific items.

   Eventually, we aim to be able to report on volumes collected and sent by each of the
    above centres. The value of supplies sent by the other centres is estimated to be similar
    in value to those sent by the IFL Australian Centre.


3. FINANCIAL SUPPORT

   Insulin Zum Leben, Germany continues to be our major financial supporter thanks to the
    dedicated fundraising efforts of Mrs. Heidi Schmidt-Schmiedebach and Mr. Dietmar
    Simoneit. IZL has been supporting IFL Australia since the mid 1990s. Without it IFL
    would not have achieved the rapid growth and extensive networks that have been
    developed. This is a very special international collaboration.

   A very special event was the concert by the Munich Symphony Orchestra with the World
    Class cellist Mischa Maisky. All participants at the European Association for the study of
    Diabetes (EASD) meeting in Munich in September 2004 were invited to purchase tickets,
    with proceeds to Insulin for Life! This was an enormous honour and it was a privilege to
    participate, with Neil Donelan, Alicia Jenkins, Ron Raab, Heidi Schmidt-Schmiedebach,
    Dietmar Simoneit able to attend as they were at the meeting working at the IFL/IZL
    information booth as part of the Association’s Hall. We express our appreciation to Prof
    Eberhard Standl, Chairperson of the Organising Committee of the EASD meeting, and
    President of the German Diabetes Association, for arranging this marvelous event. It
    came as a surprise to us when we received our invitations! The cover of the program is
    attached. As Prof. Standl mentioned in his message to all participants, many of us are
    very privileged and “people with diabetes still today encounter dramatic and life-
    threatening difficulties in their daily diabetes care. I would be more than delighted if we
    together, as members of a privileged scientific community, could demonstrate a sign of
    solidarity with such disadvantaged persons”.

   Our operating expenses are approximately $ AUD 50,000 each year ($US 30,000).
    During the year we have been able to cover these expenses without having to access
    the Capital Fund. We request from long term recipients of the donated supplies
    reimbursements of a portion of the transport and associated costs and during the year
    we were reimbursed $ AUD 3078. This fits with the IFL philosophy of equity of access,
    and a view that it indeed strengthens the program to have this as part of the model in
    appropriate cases. Some of our long term partners have welcomed this approach.

   We have received a number of other donations during the year including from the
    International Diabetes Aid Fund, Japan through its President Ms Saori Morita, who has
    Type 1 diabetes, and Vice- President Kenji Mikado. They have raised funds by
    publicising the activities of IFL in Japan, building on the support from earlier years.

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   IFL Board Members are developing various programs within Australia and overseas to
    raise additional funds, essential for the growth and long term future of IFL. It is most
    important that the IFL “Forever” Capital Fund continue to grow so that IFL will indeed
    have a long term future. It would a great loss indeed if, after all the hard work of laying
    solid foundations and building the collection distribution programs internationally, we did
    not also concentrate on ensuring that these hard won activities continued on a long term,
    financially viable basis. It is absolutely essential to our vision that we focus on these
    funding aspects on an ongoing basis, just as we are on the day to day activities which
    are saving lives.

Indeed, if we can get the funding basis right, this will translate into many more lives being
saved because we will be able to fund the established activities of IFL continually, and
hopefully perpetually.

If you, the reader of this report know of individuals or organisations who may be interested in
contributing to this fund, please do consider informing them of our existence and activities.


4. PUBLICITY AND AWARENESS

   Two major displays about IFL’s activities were held at the American Diabetes
    Association at a meeting in Orlando in June 2004 and at the European Association of the
    Study of Diabetes (EASD) Annual Meeting in Munich, Germany in September 2004. One
    objective was to encourage others to consider starting their own programs based on the
    IFL model.

   An IFL Award was made to Prof Tim Lyons, Head of the Diabetes Centre of the
    University of Oklahoma, USA where IFL has its Collection and Distribution Centre
    managed by Dr Alicia Jenkins.

   The display was held jointly with Insulin Zum Leben at the EASD, Munich meeting. It was
    well attended and we were able to meet with some of the major recipients of supplies, for
    example from Kyrgyzstan as well as making preliminary arrangements for the donation
    of supplies from the IDDT-UK based collection centre to potential new recipient
    organisations. Another country in Europe may join the collection and distribution network
    as a result. A ceremony was held at the display for Prof Standl and the EASD expressing
    our respect and appreciation for the decision to support IFL through the concert.
    Information about IFL/IZL which was included in the program, on the website and in
    various other ways has given enormous publicity to our two organisations and to the
    Mission and Vision we have. It has been a major source of encouragement to all of the
    Board Members of IFL/IZL and to our various donors of supplies, and other supporters.
    Indeed, it has been a major landmark in the development of IFL/IZL.

   The new IFL website (http://www.insulinforlife.org) was launched during the year and
    the contents were updated.

   An IFL updated brochure is also available by email.

   A comprehensive PowerPoint-slide presentation about the insulin and diabetes supplies
    challenge in the world and the IFL program is presented when IFL is invited to do so.

   IFL was invited to publish an article about its activities in IDF Diabetes Voice magazine
    and references and photos were included in IDF Newsflash (email magazine) and in a

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    number of national Diabetes Association magazines in the IDF South and Central
    American and European Regions, for example.

   We facilitated a visit by Ms Saori Morita, President of International Diabetes Aid Fund,
    Japan, to Diabetes Associations and clinics in Ghana and Ethiopia in July 2004. Ms
    Morita produced articles about her visits. Encouraging people with diabetes and others
    from developed countries to become involved in this way can help develop support and
    awareness for the daily struggle of people with diabetes in economically developing
    countries.

   Awareness of IFL activities is further enhanced by the award to me as the first person
    outside of the Caribbean to receive the Sir Philip Sherlock Distinguished Award for
    Services to Diabetes Internationally, facilitated by Prof L Morrison from Jamaica. I will
    receive this award at the 11th International Diabetes Conference in March 2005 in
    Jamaica, organised by the University of the West Indies. He also will present information
    about IFL at the First Russell Berrie International Diabetes Symposium in Jerusalem in
    October 2004.

   Co-operation is taking place between the IDF Life for a Child project and IFL. Dr Graham
    Ogle who manages the project in Sydney and who is now also a member of the IDF
    Insulin and Other Diabetes Supplies Taskforce will visit IFL in February 2005. Both these
    programs donate supplies in different ways and we hope we can support each other’s
    activities for the benefit of people in need of supplies.

   I am in second term as a Vice-President of the International Diabetes Federation and
    continue to be a member of the IDF Insulin and Other Diabetes Supplies Task Force. I
    believe my activities as President of IFL adds greatly to my ability to contribute to these
    IDF positions. IFL sends most of the donated supplies to Diabetes Associations which
    are members of the IDF.


5. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

   The Board of Directors has worked very efficiently and cohesively during the year. They
    are “Working Directors”, directly involved in all the practical, day-to-day activities of
    running this organization. The other members are Neil Donelan who is responsible for
    receiving, storage and sending of supplies; Dr Alicia Jenkins, a diabetes specialist at St
    Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne who continues to open up new exciting possibilities for
    IFL’s exploration and development and is exploring a number of funding possibilities;
    Faye Kirkwood, Treasurer and Liaison and Bruce Wainwright, Organizational Support.

   It continues to be a source of great satisfaction and motivation for me to work with the
    Board. Some of us having been working together now on this project for 15 years.


6. FUTURE

 We need to focus on mentoring other independent or semi-independent organisations to
   develop collection and distribution activities based on our model so that insulin and other
   diabetes supplies which would otherwise be wasted continue to be collected and sent to
   people in urgent need. In addition to the day to day activities of collecting and sending
   insulin and other diabetes supplies, we must also maintain focus on building the
   “Forever” Capital Fund that will allow the Mission and Vision of IFL to continue on a long
   term basis, well into the future, and beyond the life of the current Board.
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 We of course welcome the involvement of individuals and organisations that would like to
   become involved in ensuring that IFL has a long term future.


7. CONCLUSION

 IFL Australia continues to grow with the support of many individuals and organizations in
    Australia and around the world. We are responding to the desperate need by many
    people for life-saving insulin and other supplies, in an innovative and cost efficient way
    and assisting others in several countries to develop similar and independent programs of
    their own, based on the IFL model.

 With so much encouragement and support and knowing what a difference these supplies
   make to the recipient organizations and individuals, we look forward to continuing these
   activities in the years to come.


8. GRATEFUL APPRECIATION TO…

We are all part of an international team:

Heidi Schmidt-Schmiedebach and the volunteers for their ongoing encouragement and
overwhelming support; and for developing and managing the Insulin Zum Leben Collection
and Distribution Centre;

Prof Standl and Barbara and the EASD for its marvelous support and encouragement;
IDDT – UK, Diabetes UK and Dr G Gill, Diabetes Clinic, Liverpool, UK for collecting and
sending supplies as part of the IFL network;

Diabetes centres, Diabetes Australia, Diabetes Educators and others from Australia for the
ongoing supplies;

Carolyn Currie and Diabetes New Zealand, Auckland for continuing to collect and send
supplies;

Linda Cann and the American Diabetes Association for providing the display area at the
ADA Scientific Meeting in Orlando;

Sue Edwards of Byron Software Services, for assistance in developing and maintaining the
new internet site;

Brad Baker of Bradleebaker Web Hosting and Design hosting the new IFL website at no
cost and to John Wilkins for his information technology support;

Jeni Burton of Divine Design Creative Services for designing the IFL brochures, banners
and letterheads;

Martha Mora de Belaunde for translating the many documents into and from English to
Spanish;

Erwin Cools for assistance with business cards;



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Martin Artenstein for the accounting and financial advice and to Arthur Walmsley who audits
the IFL financial reports;

Professor Jim Best, St Vincent’s Hospital Diabetes Centre, Melbourne for the support and
encouragement;

To International Diabetes Federation colleagues for their encouragement and support;

To the very many other volunteers and supporters who have contributed to the successful
development and continuing growth of Insulin for Life


Ron Raab
President, Insulin for Life Australia
info@insulinforlife.org
http://www.insulinforlife.org




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