Schools in India lead the fight against diabetes

A number of schools in Delhi will be amongst the first in India to receive information and valuable training on how to educate teachers, students and parents on diabetes (type 1 and type 2) in school. The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth (HRIDAY), the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Sanofi India Limited announced today the roll-out of the KiDS (Kids and Diabetes in Schools) ‘School Diabetes Information Pack’ designed for India in public and private schools in Delhi. This information pack was released in the presence of representatives from the Department of Education and Health.

The KiDS initiative launched in India in September 2013 by Sir Michael Hirst, President of IDF; Chris Viehbacher, Chief Executive Officer, Sanofi; and Dr. K Srinath Reddy, President of PHFI, is a school-based intervention that aims to counteract diabetes related discrimination and foster a supportive learning environment in schools around both types of diabetes.

15 schools (both government and private) will receive training sessions and Information Packs on managing diabetes from experts in healthcare, public health and health promotion from HRIDAY and PHFI. The Information Pack will offer information on diabetes management to children with diabetes, as well as teachers and parents of children with diabetes. The pack suggests interesting extra-curricular activities to engage children on the issue. HRIDAY, the partner NGO implementing KiDS training programmes in schools, estimates that education sessions and information about diabetes will reach approximately 300,000 students, teachers and families by the end of 2014.

The Hindi version of the the Information Pack will be available in August. The KiDS Global Information Pack will be released in September 2014 alongside a KiDS app for IOS.

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More information on the KiDS project in India

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