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Life for a Child update out now!

Catch-up with the latest news from IDF’s Life for a Child programme (LFAC).

Stories include:

  • A report from Mauritania on new essential medicines and care supplied through LFAC
  • An update from the LFAC programme in Sudan, which now supports 650 children and youth
  • Details of interactive diabetes education sessions in Sri Lanka

View the summer update here

How can new technologies and social media empower people with diabetes?

How can new technologies and social media empower people with diabetes? This will be the question on debate during the IDF Europe Symposium to be held on 22 September 2013 at the 49th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Barcelona. The event will take place in the afternoon, from 14.30 to 17.00.

Share your World Diabetes Day activity with us

With 14 November getting nearer and nearer, it's time to start sharing your planned and confirmed activities with us. Here are some highlights of what we've received so far:

Donated strips and meters give new life to children with diabetes

During April and May, around 1,300 children and youth supported by IDF's Life for a Child Programme (LFAC) received a blood glucose meter and access to 750 test strips (two test strips/day for a year). A gift that will change the way they are able to monitor their diabetes and care for their health. 

Donated strips and meters give new life to children with diabetes

Regular monitoring of blood glucose is a crucial tool in the life of a child with diabetes. It allows each individual to monitor and understand their body's very particular response to insulin, foods, and exercise. Unfortunately for many children and youth in developing countries, access to blood glucose meters and test strips is simply unaffordable.

Champion chef takes diabetes on the road again

Charles Mattocks, celebrity chef and IDF Blue Circle Champion, will head back out on the road this October and November for a new three month RV tour. Due to an overwhelmingly positive response to his first tour, Charles will now take his RV from New York to California with about 30 stops in between.

Why physical activity is key to prevent and treat chronic diseases?

The European Chronic Disease Alliance (ECDA) considers physical inactivity as one of the four common risk factors to the major chronic diseases causing 86% of deaths in Europe: cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease, cancers and respiratory and liver diseases.

Healthcare professional training on GDM Model of Care

The first training for healthcare professionals (HCPs) on the IDF GDM Model of Care was held on July 13 and 14 in Chennai, India.  The two day train–the-trainer programme was dedicated to GDM and the implementation of the Model of Care in WINGS (Women in India with GDM Strategy) collaborating centres.

New initiative to tackle NCDs on national level launched

July 16, 2013 - The NCD Alliance (NCDA) today launched a programme to support civil society efforts to tackle Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) at the national level. NCDs kill approximately 36 million people per year, with 80% of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. If current trends continue, this figure is projected to rise to 52 million deaths by 2030.

Diabetes in the spotlight in Melbourne