Short Wave: There's A Plan To Drive Down Global Insulin Prices. Will It Work?

Diabetes is a growing global problem, especially in low and middle income countries. 

Half of the 100 million people in need of insulin lack reliable access. The World Health Organization wants to do something about it. Short Wave reporter Emily Kwong tells host Maddie Sofia about the WHO’s pre-qualification program, a two-year plan to pave the way for more insulin manufacturers to enter the global market.

Follow host Maddie Sofia @maddie_sofia and reporter Emily Kwong @emilykwong1234 on Twitter. Email the show at

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez and edited by Viet Le.


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