A life-saving shipment of diabetes medicines and supplies has arrived in Haiti, where close to 300,000 people are thought to be diabetic.

The shipment from the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Denver arrived safely in Port au Prince, Haiti on 15 February 2010.

The shipment will alleviate a desperate need for insulin, syringes, test strips and meters for individuals with type 1 diabetes and for the oral medication Metformin for individuals with type 2 diabetes.

The devastation caused by earthquakes in the country over the last month has left hundreds of thousands of people dead and cut the supply of vital medicines to the country.