Population: 10,473,282 (July 2009 est)
GDP per capita (PPP): $900 (2008 est.)
Total expenditure on health per capita: $210 (Intl $, 2006)

Rwanda is a small country to the east of the Congo in Central Africa. It is also the most densely populated country in Africa. The country has made great progress in recovering from the civil war and genocide of 1994.

Implementing Partner in-Country: Association Rwandaise des Diabetiques (M. Francois Gishoma and colleagues)
International Partner: Insulin for Life, University of Pittsburgh (Prof. Trevor Orchard), Dr. Deborah Edidin in Chicago


The Program commenced support of 33 children and adolescents in the capital Kigali in 2004. With this encouragement, the President of the Association Rwandaise des Diabetiques (M. Francois Gishoma) travelled to Gitarama and enrolled children there. Since that time, the program has spread to encompass most children and youth with diabetes in the country. The number supported has now grown to over 900, as more have been enrolled, more have stayed alive, and more new cases are diagnosed. The Rwandan Government is engaged and is quickly expanding diabetes services.

LFAC sends in insulin, syringes, HbA1c and microalbuminuria supplies, and funds for quarterly visits to regional hospitals. Another donor provided meters and strips. The University of Pittsburgh (Prof. Trevor Orchard and team), and Dr. Deborah Edidin from Chicago assist with education and professional training, and three research papers on clinical care, epidemiology and diabetes complications have been published.

In 2015, IDF LFAC collaborated with the International Society for the Study of Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD), the Ministry of Health/Rwandan Biomedical Centre, and the Rwandan Diabetes Association to conduct a workshop for Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus for key doctors and nurses.