Life for a Child will provide support up to the age of 30 to young people living in Low-Income Countries (LICs).
This expansion will apply to the 16 countries that receive support from Life for a Child and are classified as LIC by the World Bank in FY22.
Limited access to supplies and support for young adults
Life for a Child has long been aware of the difficulties young adults face when they reach the age of 26 and are no longer eligible for our support. Those in low-income countries are often the hardest hit, as there are fewer employment opportunities that provide insurance or enough income for adequate diabetes supplies and care.
Reflections from Ethiopia
Tsegamlek, Life for a Child coordinator at the Ethiopian Diabetes Association explained what it feels like when he and his colleagues must refuse or stop support for young people turning 26.
Tsegamlek lives with diabetes and was once a beneficiary of Life for a Child, so he knows first-hand just how difficult things can be for young Ethiopians when they age out of Life for a Child support.
REFLECTIONS FROM DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Dr. Marguerite de Clerck has been providing support to young people living with diabetes in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo since 1973.
Below is an excerpt from a letter she wrote in 2021 describing the challenges facing young people when they age out of Life for a Child support.
Providing a lifeline for thousands of young adults
We estimate that Extend30 will quickly see Life for a Child support an extra 5,000 young adults who are currently struggling to afford supplies and care.
This extension will enable reliable access to care for young adults, who at times have no choice but to resort to bare minimum management of T1D, such as rationing insulin. This will translate into a reduction of acute complications and even death.
Extend30 aims to build a future where, at age 26, young people don’t have to push their dreams to one side. They can complete their education, explore employment opportunities, and start families they wouldn’t be able to consider if they had the perpetual need to find money to afford their diabetes care.
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Expected impact in Rwanda
Crispin Gishoma, Rwanda Diabetes Association board member explains the future impact that EXTEND 30 will have on young people attending the association
Expected impact in CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Dr Gaspard Kouriah, endocrinologist at Association des Diabetiques en Centrafrique (ADC)
explains the future impact that EXTEND 30 will have on young people attending the association.
We would particularly like to thank Eli Lilly and Company and Direct Relief for their support of Extend 30. Lilly has committed insulin and coverage of the costs of packing and shipment.
Other major financial contributors to Life for a Child are the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, JDRF, and Diabetes Australia. A list of our partners and contributors can be found here.
It is only because of the generosity of individuals, charitable foundations, and in-kind and financial donations from industry, that we are able to independently support young people living with diabetes.