What is Life for a Child?
Life for a Child is an International Diabetes Federation program, with the vision:
No Child Should Die of Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition requiring daily insulin injections, blood glucose monitoring, education and specialist health care.
Access to this life saving treatment is often difficult, and sometimes impossible, to achieve in less-resourced countries. Without support, many young people die soon after being diagnosed. Those who survive develop complications, such as eye damage and kidney failure.
This is where Life for a Child steps in:
We partner with diabetes centers in lower-income countries to provide young people with:
- Insulin and syringes
- Blood glucose monitoring equipment and test strips
- Clinical care
- HbA1c testing
- Diabetes education, workshops, camps, resources
- Support for health professionals
Through these partnerships, we are supporting over 18,000 young people living with type 1 diabetes.
In some of the countries where we work, we have the resources to help every diagnosed child. With your support, we can achieve this in all 42, and extend the program to help others in need (there is a waiting list for support).
Research and Advocacy
In addition to the provision of essential supplies and technical assistance, Life for a Child conducts clinical research, and assists local partners with the development of advocacy campaigns to improve diabetes care in young people. Life for a Child is steered by the overarching view to promote sustainable solutions within partner countries.
Support the provision of the best possible health care, given local circumstances, to all children and youth (under 26 years of age) with diabetes in less-resourced countries, through the strengthening of existing diabetes services.
Conduct international advocacy and clinical research, and where possible help both young adults and also recipient countries with achieving sustainability.
A comprehensive formal evaluation of the work of Life for a Child was completed by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2015. It concluded that the program is strong, delivered well and highly valued by the centers, children, young people and families that it supports. Click here to view the full report.
Life for a Child has developed a web library of educational resources in 17 languages, as well as treatment guidelines and diabetes ketoacidosis prevention posters.
IDF Life for a Child (USA) Inc. is a Florida non-profit corporation (Registration No. CH48583), and is a tax-exempt charity under IRS rules as a 501c(3) organization, EIN 47-4901579
Board of Directors
Larry C. Deeb, MD, is Director for the Diabetes Center at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Florida as well as Clinical Professor in Pediatrics and Behavioral and Social Medicine at Florida State University. Dr. Deeb is in active pediatric endocrine practice, where he cares for 600 children with diabetes, and is a Past-President of the American Diabetes Association.
Dr. Deborah Edidin trained at Michael Reese/University of Chicago. She became director of the pediatric component of the NIH-funded Diabetes Research and Training Center Model Unit and became a co-investigator in an NIH funded study. She continues to teach health care professionals in the area of diabetes in Rwanda and to participate in the development of educational materials and diabetes in collaboration with the Rwanda Diabetes Association, the Rwandan Ministry of Health and IDF Life for a Child.
Wayne Edwards, CFP, has extensive experience in providing comprehensive personal financial planning and business planning. Edwards is an active member of MMHP Investment Advisors, Inc. where he served as Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, member of the investment committee, and Chairman of the firm’s Financial Planning Division. Edwards is the Charter President and continues to serve as the President of the Rotarian Action Group for Diabetes.
Emma Naughton has worked in the field of human rights and international development for 25 years, including for a Canadian government agency (IDRC). She started volunteering with Life for A Child after her son was diagnosed with TID at the age of 2. During a sabbatical year in Mexico City, she and her husband James Ron helped LFAC to establish partnerships with key diabetes clinics in the capital and throughout the country.
Charles Renfroe has been actively engaged in diabetes advocacy for the past 17 years, with the first 15 of those years serving as Director of Advocacy & Professional Relations for the Johnson & Johnson Family of Diabetes Companies. In 2016, he accepted a full-time position with the Institute on Aging (IOA), a community-based agency in the San Francisco Bay area as Director of Corporate & Donor Relations.
Professor Martin Silink is the Program Chairman of IDF Life for a Child, and has a worldwide reputation as a clinician and researcher in childhood diabetes. He has appointments at the Children’s Hospital Westmead and the University of Sydney, and has served as the President of the IDF and also the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes. During Martin’s term as IDF President, the UN Resolution on Diabetes was achieved, and the blue circle initiated as the symbol of diabetes.
Dr. Graham Ogle is the General Manager of IDF Life for a Child. Graham trained in pediatric endocrinology in Sydney, before working in Papua New Guinea and Cambodia for 6 years. In 2000, he and Professor Martin Silink established Life for a Child. Graham’s research interests include access to diabetes care and epidemiology. In 2013 the American Diabetes Association awarded him the Harold Rifkin Award for Distinguished International Service in the Cause of Diabetes.
Angie Middlehurst is IDF Life for a Child’s Education Manager, and is based in Sydney, Australia. With background as a Paediatric Nurse, she is a Credentialed Diabetes Educator and has 21 years of experience in childhood and adolescent diabetes. Angie has presented at international conferences and visited many LFAC-supported countries, teaching and attending diabetes camps. Her particular interests and expertise are in transition, diabetes camps, and advocacy for students with diabetes at school.
Gillian commenced as Program Manager, IDF Life for a Child Program in 2015. She has a background in exercise physiology and over ten years of experience in health including workplace health and wellness programs and NSW Health Education and Training Institute. She also worked for seven years in sports administration including five years as the Executive Officer for a not-for-profit national disability sports organization. Gillian has a personal interest in type 1 diabetes since being diagnosed in 2013.