Eritrea

Total population: 5,939,484 (July 2011 est.)

GDP per capita (PPP): $600 (2010 est.)

Total expenditure on health per capita (Intl $, 2009): $13

In-country partner: Eritrean National Diabetes Association (ENDA)

Eritrea, in north-east Africa, sits between Sudan and Ethiopia bordering the Red Sea.  It gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993, and has a very young population - total median age is 18.7 years, and 42.1% of the total population is between 0-14 years old.

Life for a Child support

Commenced support: 2011

Life for a Child began discussions with ENDA following the IDF World Diabetes Congress 2009 in Montreal.  The Eritrean Government provides some insulin free of charge to children and youth and point-of-care HbA1c testing, so LFAC provides donated insulin from Eli Lilly to cover a gap of 500 children and youth in six regional hospitals.  Insulin syringes donated by Becton Dickinson & Company, visual test strips, and relevant education materials have all been shipped to ENDA for distribution. In May 2011, the Programme received a personal thank you from Dr Mebrahtu, Director of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Control (Eritrean Ministry of Health) for their collaboration with ENDA.

ENDA has requested support in training local diabetes educators and for the translation of diabetes resources into local languages.