Togo

Total population: 6,961,049 (July 2011 est.)

GDP per capita (PPP): $900 (2011 est.)

Total expenditure on health per capita (Intl $, 2009): $57

In-country partner: Centre ATD d’Accueil et de Prévention du Diabète (Dr K.P. Tossou & colleagues) & Togoverein

Located in Western Africa, the Togolese Republic sits between Benin and Ghana on the Bight of Benin, and brings together over 35 ethnic groups. A former French colony, Togo achieved independence in 1960, but was ruled by the military for another 40 years. The first relatively free and fair legislative elections were held in October 2007.

One of the world’s largest producers of phosphate, Togo also generates a substantial amount its export earnings from cotton, coffee and cocoa.

Life for a Child support

Commenced support: 2011

Life for a Child supports 50 children and youth up to 23 years of age with:

  • insulin
  • syringe/needles
  • Meters and strips
  • Education materials

Plans for 2012 include a site visit by an international paediatric endocrinologist, and a much-needed HbA1c machine and cartridges for the children and youth.