Health System Reform

04 September 2017

IDF Life for a Child (LFAC) has commenced new work towards sustainability in diabetes care. For LFAC, two key pillars of sustainability include promoting health systems reform and encouraging advocacy.

Being engaged in health systems reform means to research and evaluate the changes/trends within national health systems in the countries that LFAC helps. Doing so helps us understand where the provision of diabetes supplies fits into changes within national health policies. The research in health systems reform involves study into various levels of health systems, including the national, regional and international platforms. Now is an important moment to engage with how national health systems are addressing diabetes care as the international health stage is focused on a) the epidemiological shift from communicable to non-communicable disease, and b) the promotion of universal health coverage and equity in health.

By gaining knowledge through the research done at the health systems reform level, we are better able inform the advocacy through evidence-based and tailor-made approaches for national circumstances. This work is being informed by complementary research being done by LFAC in epidemiology (particularly determining prevalence - the number of existing and projected future cases), and health economics (determining the most cost-effective approach for each country). Evidence-based and targeted advocacy can then be conducted by our country partners and, on a global level, by IDF LFAC.

LFAC’s work in these areas works towards out Vision that “No Child should die of Diabetes”.

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LFAC also showed a poster estimating global numbers of children with T1D

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