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 serious complications, such as eye damage and kidney failure.
Life for a Child is an International Diabetes Federation programme, with the vision: No child should die of diabetes
The programme partners with diabetes centers in lower-income countries to provide children and adolescents with diabetes with:
In addition to the provision of essential supplies and technical assistance, IDF Life for a Child conducts clinical research, and assists local partners with the development of advocacy campaigns to improve diabetes care in young people. The programme is steered by the overarching view to promote sustainable solutions within partner countries.