Leicester-based diabetes charity Silver Star has handed over a Mobile Diabetes Unit to the people of Mumbai on the 11th October.
In a ceremony at a hospital in the city, British Deputy High Commissioner to India Peter Beckingham and Leicester East MP and Founder Patron of Silver Star, Keith Vaz, presented the unit to Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan.
“We are privileged to honour Amitabh Bachchan on his 70th birthday for the work he has done for so many worthwhile causes throughout the world. This unit will help to combat diabetes in his beloved city of Mumbai. The people of Leicester and the UK will literally help to save lives in India’s largest city.
Diabetes is a silent killer. There are an estimated 62 million Indians with type-2 diabetes and by 2025 there will be almost 100 million with the condition. As someone who suffers with diabetes I know that with greater awareness we can prevent 80% of cases.”