Deadline: July 5, 2021

Applications are open for the World Diabetes Foundation/Dalberg Indian Diabetes Storytelling Lab 2021. The Diabetes Storytelling Lab is looking for 50 innovative storytellers and community leaders in India to develop creative communication products that can support diabetes awareness in India.

The lab starts in September with three online digital bootcamps. Each will last one day and introduce teams to the innovation methodology. The final sprint will take place over three days from October 15-17, one month prior to World Diabetes Day.

Storytelling Lab participants will work with topics such as awareness building and health promotion while becoming part of a movement of passionate community leaders and storytellers collaborating to defeat diabetes.

Program Details

India is home to 77 million people living with diabetes – the second highest number amongst the world’s countries. Yet, 1 in 2 people living with diabetes in India are unaware of their condition. The challenge is further exacerbated by COVID-19, as people with diabetes appear to be more susceptible to becoming severely ill with the virus.

Creative communication is needed to raise awareness around diabetes prevention in India and its links to COVID-19. In response, WDF and Dalberg Media, with support from USAID, are hosting a creative online process to generate ideas for diabetes awareness building and prevention – the Diabetes Storytelling Lab.`


  • A total of $25,000 USD will be distributed to top teams to support the implementation of their ideas.


  • All Indian nationals or people living in India are welcome to apply.
  • Applicant should be able to develop creative communication products that can support diabetes awareness in India.


Click the link below to apply for a role as a community leader or a storyteller:

For more information, visit Indian Diabetes Storytelling Lab.

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