Widny Dorce

Haiti

Born and raised in Dame-Marie, Grand-anse, I live in Port-au-prince, the capital city of Haiti, living with Type 1 diabetes for 10 years. Now at 25 years old I have more than 5 years volunteering with FHADIMAC (Haitian Foundation for Diabetes and Cardio-vascular Diseases) where I started in 2010, after the earthquake hit Haiti.

In 2011-12 I participated in 2 diabetes caravan with FHADIMAC in the north side of Haiti (Cap-Haitian) and in the South side (Leogane, Les Cayes, Camp-perin, Aquin, Grand-Goave and Petit-Goave) where we have screened over 10.000 people. In 2012, I participated in my first Youth Camp in Thomassin, Haiti and since then have helped in many camps as a leader and mentor for young people. I have studied Management and Animation of Support Group and I am leading the Diabetes Youth support Group in Haiti as President.

I spoke at the AYUDA Volunteer Training Programme in Washington DC, USA about my experiences with diabetes, including the situation in Haiti regarding diabetes, basic diabetes care and management. In 2013 I participated in the second Young Leaders in Diabetes program (YLD) in Melbourne, where I was elected Regional Chair-Elect for the North American and Caribbean (NAC) Region, and since the third YLD Training in Vancouver, Canada, in December 2015, I now serve as Regional Chair.

Diabetes has become my passion, I want to help increase diabetes care, raising awareness, better education and a better life for people with diabetes in my country by continuing to be a voice among the voices of change that have to be heard.