Diabetics, in order to be healthy, need both medical and emotional support. However, impoverished diabetics do not have the means nor the resources to receive good medical care and connections with other diabetics. Drs. Santosh and Jitendra Gupta realized this problem, and set out to solve it by founding Manav Seva Foundation. They have revitalized RKM Hospital in Haridwar, India, and are committed to generating resources and increasing awareness about diabetes and heart disease amongst the low-income populations of India, providing care and support to those affected.

Their success can be seen in the daily lives of their diabetes and heart patients, whose A1c levels have dropped from over 14% to 8%, even though many of them live on a few dollars per day.

Drs. Gupta told their former patient, Jack Terschluse, that diabetics in India were labeled as defective, and had no support network. Thus, to give hope to the children, Jack created Pen-Pals United, an organization which provides internet video chat-based support groups and letter writing opportunities to connect diabetics all across the globe. In partnership with Manav Seva, these support groups and letter writing campaigns have given hope to diabetic children that they can live happy and healthy lives.

The above video is a recording of the support group from June 23, 2012.

If you need additional information, have questions, or would like to present an opportunity to Manav Seva and Pen-pals United, please email guptajs@earthlink.net and visit manavseva.org.

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