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The #CountMeIn Campaign

#CountMeIn is JDRF’s major new campaign to win increased investment from the Government into type 1 diabetes research.

Numbers are a fact of life for a family living with type 1. Life is a constant battle with complex calculations to try to balance blood glucose between 4 and 7 mmol/l. We have to count the carbs in every meal and count insulin units to match.

Type 1 is on the rise, growing fastest in the under fives. However, when JDRF counted the amount of money that governments around the world spend on type 1 research, we found that the UK’s contribution was both low and falling.

JDRF launched the #CountMeIn campaign at our Type 1 Parliament event in March 2014 to ask the Government to examine the amount they invest in type 1 diabetes research and to safeguard the UK’s position as a world leader in the field.

Over 60 Parliamentarians attended the day including Home Secretary Theresa May, who lives with type 1 diabetes, Labour leader Ed Miliband and Shadow Health Minister Jamie Reed MP who also lives with the condition. JDRF supporters were able to meet their MPs and others, and ask what they will do to help type 1 diabetes research.

Government releases revised figures for Type 1 Diabetes Research Funding

As a result of the campaign, Government Ministers revealed new figures for type 1 research spending and confirmed that it made mistakes in its previous reporting of spending on type 1 research. The revised figures, confirmed by Science Minister David Willetts, now show a slightly upward trend:

JDRF is, of course, pleased that UK Government spending on type 1 research is now increasing, but we remain far behind our international counterparts in our contribution.

The #CountMeIn petition

In January 2015, JDRF supporters Mimi and Annabel Astle delivered 12,777 signatures to 10 Downing Street to ask the UK Government to increase funding for type 1 diabetes research. The day was a huge success, but we still have a long way to go. JDRF is campaigning loudly, but we can be much louder with thousands of people affected by type 1 diabetes in the UK behind us. Check the Millie’s Manifesto page to see how you can help to make our voice heard in parliament.