COVID-19 Coalition

COVID-19 Diabetes Supplies Coalition (CDSC)

How we are overcoming challenges raised by the coronavirus pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a multitude of impacts on the provision of diabetes care in every country.

There are various likely challenges for less-resourced countries:

1. Immediate impacts from lockdowns – food insecurity and lack of supplies and care due to movement limitations and loss of income; lack of specific information on COVID-19 and diabetes; and risk of diabetic ketoacidosis or hypoglycaemia

3. Interruptions to current shipments of insulin and other supplies due to limited flights and government shutdowns

4. Economic damage resulting in cuts to government health budgets, reducing or delaying insulin orders and other expenditures

In response, Life for a Child and JDRF have assembled the COVID-19 Diabetes Supplies Coalition (CDSC).

The CDSC is an agile group of like-minded organisations aiming to:

• Identify shortages of insulin and other essential diabetes supplies, and other impacts on diabetes care, that result from disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

• Mobilise support and share best practices so that these needs can be met as well as possible.

If you are aware of any needs or would like to express an interest in joining this coalition, please contact Dr Graham Ogle, Life for a Child General Manager at

If you would like to make a donation to help Life for a Child’s efforts in supporting young people through the COVID-19 crisis, please click here.

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Insulin being delivered across Sri Lanka during the COVID-19 Lockdown
Insulin being delivered across Sri Lanka during the COVID-19 Lockdown

Coalition Partners

Countries supported by Life for a Child

Our Mission

Support the provision of the best possible health care, given local circumstances, to all children and youth (under 26 years of age) with diabetes in less-resourced countries, through the strengthening of existing diabetes services.

Conduct international advocacy and clinical research, and where possible help both young adults and also recipient countries with achieving sustainability.

Research and Advocacy

In addition to the provision of essential supplies and technical assistance, Life for a Child conducts clinical research, and assists local partners with the development of advocacy campaigns to improve diabetes care in young people.

Life for a Child is steered by the overarching view to promote sustainable solutions within partner countries.


A comprehensive formal evaluation of the work of Life for a Child was completed by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2015.

It concluded that the program is strong, delivered well and highly valued by the centers, children, young people and families that it supports.

USA: Life for a Child USA Inc. is a tax-exempt charity under IRS rules as a 501(c)(3) organization, EIN 47-4901579. Your donation is deductible to the full extent allowable by U.S. law.

Australia: Diabetes Overseas Aid Fund T/A Life for a Child is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Eligible tax-deductible donations have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Tax Office.

Life for a Child changes the names of all children under the age of 18 years of age in order to protect their privacy.