Population: 161,083,804 (July 2011 est.)
GDP per capita (PPP): $1,700 (2011 est.)
Total expenditure on health per capita: $48 (Intl $, 2009)
Implementing Partner in-Country: Diabetic Association of Bangladesh - Professor Kishwar Azad and colleagues
Located in Southern Asia, Bangladesh sits between Burma and India, and is bordered in the south by the Bay of Bengal. It has a predominantly Muslim population, with agriculture and the service sector being crucial to the economy. In May 2010, much of the southern part of the country was devastated by Tropical Cyclone Aila which affected more than 3 million people and left an estimated 500,000 homeless.
LIFE FOR A CHILD SUPPORT
Based in Dhaka, the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB) has been established for over 50 years, and its main facility “BIRDEM” - Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation in Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders – is one of the largest in the world. Life for a Child provides insulin donated by Eli Lilly, facilitates HbA1c point-of-care testing in clinics, and support for diabetes education of healthcare professionals and the production of local diabetes education materials.
LFAC General Manager, Dr Graham Ogle, visited in February 2010, and in February 2012 LFAC Education Manager Angie Middlehurst presented at a three-day workshop run by DAB for local Paediatricians, Paediatric and Adult Endocrionologists, Health Educators, and Nutritionists.
There are around 2,000 children and youth alone registered at BIRDEM, and more in other parts of the country. As of January 2012, over 1,200 children and youth are being supported by LFAC.