The International Diabetes Federation "Life for a Child" Program was established in 2000 with support from the Australian Diabetes Council and HOPE worldwide. It is an innovative and sustainable support program in which individuals, families and organizations contribute monetary or in-kind donations to help children with diabetes in developing countries.
The program appreciates that treating type 1 diabetes is generally complicated, but specific challenges in certain geographic areas make care even more difficult. Seeking to achieve the best possible outcomes for children, the program focuses on improving access to insulin, syringes, blood glucose monitoring equipment, and appropriate clinical care. The program also seeks to improve access to, HbA1c testing, diabetes education, and technical support for health professionals.
The formula is simple: contributions from donors go to established diabetes centers enabling them to provide the ongoing clinical care and diabetes education children need to stay alive. Contributions from donors go to established diabetes centers enabling them to provide ongoing clinical care and diabetes education that children need. The centers provide comprehensive clinical and financial feedback to the program management team in Sydney, Australia.
The program aims to provide: sufficient insulin and syringes; blood glucose monitoring equipment; appropriate clinical care; HbA1c testing; diabetes education; and technical support for health professionals.