IDF/ISPAD Pocket Book for Management of Diabetes in Childhood and Adolescence in Under-resourced Countries

The International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) has released comprehensive guidelines in 1995, 2000 and 2009. Using these guidelines, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and ISPAD published the "Global Guideline for Diabetes in Children and Adolescence" in 2011.

“[The Pocketbook] is very simple and easy to understand. It is not voluminous. It will be of good help to doctors and other health workers with interest in pediatric diabetes.”
Dr. Emmanuel Ameyaw
Pediatrician/Pediatric Endocrinologist, Kumasi, Ghana

The IDF Life for a Child Programme and ISPAD decided it was appropriate to develop a shortened version of these guidelines aimed to be of practical use in emergency situations and in clinics that are developing expertise in managing diabetes in children. The Pocketbook provides basic background on diabetes in children and clear advice for initial management of diabetic ketoacidosis, initiation of maintenance insulin therapy, complications screening, and other key components of care.  

The guidelines have been developed taking into account resource- and cost-related issues affecting care for children and youth with diabetes in developing countries. Healthcare funding and available expertise vary from country to country and also within a particular country, and therefore it is challenging to write a broad document to meet all needs.

The information in these guidelines is aimed to assist healthcare professionals in developing countries to optimise the clinical practice they are able to give in their particular centre. In many cases, subsequent referral to a centre with greater expertise is appropriate.

Annual Report 2012

2012 saw the IDF Life for a Child Programme reach the significant milestone of supporting over 10,000 children with diabetes in the developing world. The achievement of this target was truly remarkable and testimony to the rapid expansion that has taken place in a short space of time. In 2008, around 1,000 children were being supported by the Programme.

The Life for a Child Annual Report 2012 showcases this achievement and more, demonstrating how the Programme is going from strength to strength and concretely making a difference to the lives of thousands of young people living with diabetes in the developing world.

Over 11,200 children with diabetes in 43 countries are currently supported by Life for a Child.

Annual Report 2011

In 2011, another seven countries joined the IDF Life for a Child Programme with increasing numbers of young people receiving vital insulin, syringes and monitoring supplies. Important progress was also made in developing online educational resources and building the knowledge base that will help strengthen the response to the diabetes epidemic.

The Life for a Child Annual Report 2011 highlights these achievements and the ongoing development of the programme, which is providing a lifeline for children with diabetes in developing countries.

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