#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 5s. 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 Type 1 Parliament 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.
We were joined on the day by 66 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum.
Government releases revised figures for Type 1 Diabetes Research Funding
Following the event, George Howarth MP, who attended the campaign launch, secured a debate on Type 1 Diabetes and Young People. At the debate, Government Ministers revealed new figures for type 1 research spending. The Government has since confirmed that it made mistakes in its previous reporting of spending on type 1 research. The Medical Research Council (MRC) has now revised its figures due to 'an error in the figures previously released' and 'a change in reporting methodology'.
The revised figures, confirmed by Science Minister David Willetts, now show a slightly upward trend.
JDRF are, 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.
We have launched a petition to ask David Willetts, the Science Minister and Earl Howe, the Minister responsible for Department of Health (DH) research spending, to examine how the UK could increase our research spend in line with leading nations such as the USA, Canada and Australia.
Head over to our petition page to help us to demand Government funding. You can also get involved in other ways.