27 November 2014
As the end of 2014 nears, it is exciting to reflect that the IDF Life for a Child (LFAC) Programme has not only expanded support to six new countries but also increased the number of centres in countries already participating in the programme. Some 15,000 children and youth in 48 developing countries and the health professionals who care for them, are currently receiving a variety of resources free of charge from LFAC.
- In Eastern Asia, LFAC is now working through the Diabetes Committee of the Hospitals Association of Korea to assist the main clinical centre caring for children and youth with diabetes in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), while in north western Cambodia the Programme collaborates with the Siem Reap branch of the Cambodian Diabetes Association to support the small number of children there.
- In the Middle East, critical support has been extended to the Syrian American Medical Society and its partners in the northwest region of Syria.
- In Africa, the local Diabetes Associations of Central African Republic and Malawi contacted LFAC and diabetes education materials, insulin, and blood glucose self-monitoring equipment have been provided for 120+ young people in Malawi.
- In the Caribbean, LFAC has partnered with the Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations in St Lucia and the St Lucia Diabetes and Hypertension Association to provide resources and technical assistance for local health staff and young people with diabetes across the island nation.
New centres join existing LFAC-supported centres in extending care for disadvantaged children and youth with diabetes across Ecuador, India, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, and the Republic of Congo. The overall positive impact of this growth is manifold, beginning with the health of the children and youth with diabetes who might otherwise have died or remained chronically unwell. Along with building the global diabetes network, LFAC support eases pressure on under-resourced local health systems.
“We're truly crossing all boundaries with this Programme.” says LFAC General Manager Dr Graham Ogle.
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