Access to Diabetes Care for Children in Developing Countries

The Changing Diabetes in Children program is a partnership initiative with Novo Nordisk, The World Diabetes Foundation (WDF), local governments and key opinion leaders. The programme aims to increase access to diabetes care for children with type 1 diabetes in developing countries and thus change their future. It helps the children and their families to live better healthier lives and is designed to build long-term, sustainable solutions. Key components include therapy supplies, education and training of health care professionals.

Changing Diabetes® in Children

The Changing Diabetes in Children programme, announced by Novo Nordisk in 2008, was joined by Roche in 2009.
Together with The World Diabetes Foundation (WDF), the focus is on working with local partners in each country to provide care for children with type 1 diabetes, and to help build infrastructure and strengthen overall capacity to eventually support all people with diabetes.

The programme integrates a number of key components:

    • Improve existing infrastructure and supply of medical and laboratory equipment to establish centres for the treatment of children with type 1 diabetes.
    • Train and educate health care professionals, diabetes educators and nurses through development of training materials and organised workshops specifically adapted to a developing country setting.
    • Provide insulin and blood glucose monitoring equipment and supplies free of charge to children and adolescents enrolled in the programme for a period of five years.
    • Develop specific educational materials for the children and their families and organise education sessions and children camps to support better diabetes self-management.

Insights and learnings gained through the programme will be extracted and shared among the participating countries, and will hopefully assist the development of health care systems in other developing countries.


  • Roche International

    Works & Construction, Development Consulting
    Canada | Staff size: 501-1000

    Drawing on the knowledge and professionalism of its 1,500 employees, Roche Ltd, Consulting Group is now a major Canadian engineering-construction firm that was founded in La Malbaie, Quebec, in...

  • Novo Nordisk

    Service Providers, Goods Supplier
    Denmark | Staff size: 10,000+

    Novo Nordisk is a Danish multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Bagsvaerd, Denmark, with production facilities in seven countries, and affiliates or offices in 75...

  • World Diabetes Foundation (WDF)

    Funding Agencies
    Denmark | Staff size: 26-50

    Their aim is to alleviate human suffering related to diabetes and its complications among those least able to withstand the burden of the disease.

    415 million people had diabetes in...

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Key Information

LocationWest Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, India, Guinea, Ethiopia, Congo, The Democratic Republic of, Cameroon, Bangladesh, South Asia
  • Start Date 2008
  • End Date 2015
  • Sectors