In developing countries a lack of refrigerators to store insulin is often a barrier for people with diabetes. Children require insulin injections two or more times a day, and insulin can only be stored at room temperature for one month.
Earlier this year, the IDF Life for a Child Programme assisted three hospitals in Jamaica by purchasing refrigerators to store donated insulin that the Programme supplies through the Diabetes Association of Jamaica (DAJ). Life for a Child facilitates donated insulin to approximately 29 countries, including Jamaica. Bustamante Children's Hospital in Kingston, Mandeville Public Hospital and May Pen General Hospital, both west of the capital, now all have refrigerators on their children's wards storing insulin for young people with diabetes.
In a letter to Life for a Child, Dr Kevin Harvey, Acting Chief Medical Officer at Jamaica's Ministry of Health, expressed thanks for LFAC's contribution: "This initiative will facilitate educational sessions with caregivers and children with diabetes on how to store and administer insulin. It will also allow patients who have late discharge to leave with the required prescription until the(ir) next outpatient visit."
The three refrigerators were presented to Dr Harvey by DAJ President Lurline Less (picture right).