Dominican Republic

Population: 9,956,648 (July 2011 est.)

GDP per capita (PPP): $8,900 US (2010 est.)

The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. It is the second largest country in the Caribbean, by area, population and economy, and is among the Caribbean’s top tourist destinations owing to a temperate climate and biological diversity. However there is marked income inequality, plus high unemployment and underemployment.

Implementing Partner in-Country: Fundacion Aprendiendo a Vivir

International Partner: Insulin for Life, Australia


Commenced: 2010

Type of support: More than a million Dominicans live with diabetes, and Fundacion Aprendiendo a Vivr works to empower patients and their families to understand the disease and take control of their condition. In collaboration with Life for a Child, Fundacion Aprendiendo a Vivr provides diabetes education and facilitates medical care to children and youth at Robert Reid Cabral Hospital, the largest Children’s Hospital in DR. Approximately 135 children and youth from around the country receive:

  • Complete and supervised medical treatment
  • Programs of Monthly Education (Insulin Monitoring/Nutrition/Physical Activity)
  • Glucose Monitors, lancets and strips
  • Nutrition advice
  • Educational Material
  • Special programs: Campo Amigo Dominicano; special summer camp designed for people with diabetes

The team consists of Pediatric Endocrinologist (Chief Doctor and Medical Director for FAaV), part-time diabetes nurse educator (trained psychologist), dietician, and a dozen volunteers.

Life for a Child has provided donated insulin from Eli Lilly, technical support - including a 2012 site visit and health professional training from a Spanish-speaking paediatric endocrinolgist - and education materials in Spanish.