Life for a Child

Life for a Child update 31 - spotlight on Bolivia

The latest update of the IDF Life for a Child (LFAC) Programme is now available, including information on LFAC's work in Bolivia, Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The featured story is from Bolivia, where Katie Souris, a post-graduate student from the USA, recently visited the LFAC supported center in the country to look at the challenges facing young people with diabetes, and investigate the possibilities of peer support. 

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We believe that no child should die of diabetes. This vision can only be achieved with your help. By donating to Life for a Child you are helping to provide children and young adults with vital supplies, medication and health care

Life for a Child - 15 Years Progress

The IDF Life for a Child Programme is marking 15 years of progress.

Thousands of young lives have been saved with 18,320 children and youth now being helped in 46 countries.

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Guidelines for conducting Diabetes Camp Activities in a less-resourced Country

The IDF Life for a Child (LFAC) Programme encourages the diabetes centres in countries it supports to conduct camps or activity days for children and young people with diabetes.

To this end LFAC, in collaboration with the Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA), has developed Guidelines for conducting diabetes camp activities in a less-resourced country.

"Camp" is a term that includes not only overnight stays, but also activity days, support meetings, and get-togethers for children, adolescents and young adults with diabetes and their families.

Support children and youth with diabetes in Africa

More than 10,000 children and youth living with diabetes in Africa today have type 1 diabetes and they will not survive without financial support. It only costs US$30 a year to support a child or young adult with diabetes with life-saving insulin, and they are in serious need.

Thank you for your donation!

On behalf of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), we would like to express our gratitude and appreciation for your donation to the IDF Life for a Child Programme (LFAC) .

Spare a Rose Save a Child this Valentine's Day!

Formal evaluation of IDF Life for a Child Programme completed

In 2014, the International Diabetes Federation Life for a Child (LFAC) Programmes's largest donor - The Leona M and Harry B Helmsley Charitable Trust - commissioned the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to conduct a comprehensive formal evaluation of the work of LFAC.

The work was conducted by a team lead by Professor Martin McKee and Dr. Sue Atkinson. Site visits were done in five countries: Rwanda, India, Jamaica, Mexico, and Philippines.

The review covered five themes:

Major contributor commits 780,000 additional vials of insulin to Life for a Child

Spare a Rose 2015: roses spared children saved

This Valentine’s Day, the Spare a Rose Save a Child campaign was once again a resounding success with over USD 24,000 raised for the IDF Life for a Child Programme (LFAC). Thanks to the 684 donations received, more than 400 children with diabetes in the developing world will be kept alive for one year.