Diabetes conferences, both local and international, provide the IDF's Life for a Child Programme (LFAC)with a positive forum for alerting health professionals to the shocking everyday reality faced by many children and youth with diabetes in developing countries. Despite insulin having being discovered 92 years ago, it is still not readily available or accessible to all in need, nor are there always medical staff specially trained in paediatric diabetes to care for these young people. Children with diabetes continue to die or suffer chronic ill health from a young age. This is what drives the Life for a Child Programme, now assisting over 12,000 youth in 43 countries.
In July and August of this year, LFAC's General Manager Dr Graham Ogle, and Education Manager Mrs Angie Middlehurst (pictured right), attended the Annual Scientific Meetings of the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group's (APEG), and the Australian Diabetes Society-Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADS-ADEA), both held in Sydney. At each event they were able to present a poster and build awareness and advocate for the Programme.
LFAC's presence at these two key diabetes events attracted interest from health professionals within Australasia, as well as visiting health professionals from other countries. The Programme was also able to connect one attendee with the LFAC-supported centre in her hometown of Harare, Zimbabwe.
In the coming months, LFAC staff and Steering Committee members will attend the International Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden (presenting two papers), and close the year with various activities at the IDF's World Diabetes Congress in Melbourne, Australia.