Extending support to age 30 for young adults in low-income countries
Life for a Child has long been aware of the difficulties young people 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 enough income for diabetes supplies and care.
A lifeline for young adults
To help ease this burden, we’re introducing a new initiative called Extend30. This initiative will see Life for a Child support children and adolescents along their life course into early adulthood- a crucial phase of life.
Extend30 is only possible thanks to the support of Eli Lilly and Company, Direct Relief and other partners and donors.
A cruel reality for young adults in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Support during an important lifestage
Extend30 will help 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 pay for insulin, supplies and care.
We estimate that Extend30 will quickly see Life for a Child provide support to more than 5,000 young adults who are currently struggling to manage their diabetes.
The impact of Extend30 in Rwanda
Extend30 countries are highlighted in orange below
The impact of Extend30 in Central African Republic
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.
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.
*Low-income countries classification
Life for a Child defines low-income countries according to World Bank country classifications [by income level [GNI per capita in US$ (Atlas methodology)] according to the most current fiscal year.
The World Bank updates country income classifications each year on July 1 and are based on the GNI per capita of the previous year (2022). GNI measures are expressed in United States dollars (USD), and are determined using conversion factors derived according to the Atlas method.
Life for a Child will review annual classifications every July and monitor any changes in country classifications.
World Bank notes that adjustments can occur due to Changes to Atlas GNI per capita and Changes to classification thresholds. See more information here: https://blogs.worldbank.org/opendata/new-world-bank-country-classifications-income-level-2022-2