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.
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