Life for a Child exists – and will continue to exist – until no child dies of diabetes for want of a timely diagnosis, suitable treatment, or ongoing care.
It’s a clear aspiration but the challenges faced by those affected with type 1 diabetes are anything but simple. And this is especially true in under-resourced countries where access to care is limited and the physical, emotional, and financial burdens of the condition can be crushing.
People with type 1 diabetes are unable to make the hormone insulin, which enables the glucose in our blood to enter our cells and fuel our bodies. Unless they take insulin every day, they will die within weeks. And if access to insulin is limited or unreliable, they could develop lasting complications such as sight damage or kidney failure.
Type 1 diabetes has no known cause and no known cure. But what we do know is that managing it markedly improves lives. And that by supporting us, you can help to make that difference.
Life for a Child is currently supporting 34,000 young people in 44 countries.
We provide essential supplies, including insulin, syringes, and blood-glucose monitoring equipment. We produce accessible education materials for children, families and healthcare workers and help to develop the skills of local medical professionals. And we undertake research, which helps us – and others – to advocate for positive change.