Life for a Child

Posted: November 22, 2010 in Diabetes
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My son was diagnosed with diabetes in August and is dependant upon insulin.  His circumstances became an unexpected emergency.  I thank God that Children’s Hospital were able to take care of him, educate us about diabetes care, and provide him with the tools and medication he needs to live.  I can’t imagine being a mother and not being able to help your child.  Take a look at this organization.  They are helping children in third world countries who will die possibly within a year if they don’t have the medical care and supplies to live.  November is Diabetes Awareness month.  Join the cause.


What is the Life for a Child Programme?
The International Diabetes Federation’s Life for a Child Programme is an international aid program that provides life-saving support to children with diabetes in developing countries.

The Programme works with established diabetes centres in these countries so they can provide medical supplies, clinical treatment and diabetes education to the children and youth in their care. The centres monitor comprehensive clinical outcome data and provide financial feedback to the Program management team in Sydney.

The Programme aims to provide:

  • Sufficient insulin and syringes
  • Blood glucose monitoring equipment
  • Appropriate clinical care
  • HbA1c testing
  • Diabetes education
  • Technical support for health professionals

The Programme also aims to raise awareness of the plight of children with diabetes in their own countries and encourages governments to establish appropriate care to safeguard the future of children with diabetes.

Why is the program necessary?
In many developing countries, children with diabetes suffer because insulin and other diabetes supplies are not affordable or sometimes not even available. Many children go undiagnosed or die soon after diagnosis. Many others face the burden of severe complications while still young.

How many children does the Programme support?
The International Diabetes Federation’s Life for a Child Programme supports the care of approximately 4000 children in the following countries: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, The Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, Rwanda, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Uzbekistan, and Zimbabwe.

Check out the Life of a Child video: Video 

All of the information above is from the International Diabetes Federation’s website Life for a Child.

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