Life for a Child

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.

Spare a Rose Save a Child this Valentine's Day

Children in Monrovia, Liberia supported by Life for a Child

This Valentine’s Day show your love and help save the lives of children with diabetes in the developing world by supporting the Spare a Rose Save a Child campaign.


What is the Life for a Child Programme?

The International Diabetes Federation’s Life for a Child Programme is an international aid program that provides life-saving support to children with diabetes in developing countries.

The Programme works with established diabetes centres in these countries so they can provide medical supplies, clinical treatment and diabetes education to the children and youth in their care. The centres monitor comprehensive clinical outcome data and provide financial feedback to the Program management team in Sydney.


Site visits

The facilitation of site visits by diabetes experts to IDF Life for a Child (LFAC) Programme-supported centres has demonstrated numerous benefits for all involved. In some countries, there may be a lack of expertise of diabetes in children and youth as it is an unfamiliar condition. Even in countries where there is considerable knowledge, contact with experts/facilities in other countries is extremely advantageous. Connecting with peers carries particular benefit during difficult clinical cases, where knowledge-sharing could impact health outcomes.

New countries join Life for a Child Programme

As the end of 2014 nears, it is exciting to reflect that the IDF Life for a Child (LFAC) Programme has not only expanded support to six new countries but also increased the number of centres in countries already participating in the programme. Some 15,000 children and youth in 48 developing countries and the health professionals who care for them, are currently receiving a variety of resources free of charge from LFAC.

IDF Partner continues its support for LFAC

Boehringer Ingelheim, a partner of the International Diabetes Federation, continued its support for the International Diabetes Federation's Life for a Child (LFAC) Programme by organising a fundraising event in the lead up to World Diabetes Day (WDD) - 14 November. This is the sixth year they have supported this programme.

Tackling the New York City marathon for Life for a Child

If you follow the IDF Life for a Child Programme on Facebook, you may already have read and been inspired by Veerle Vanhuyse. Veerle contacted LFAC in August, while training for the 2014 TCS New York City marathon, wanting to raise money for the Programme.

IDF KiDS Project helps promotes global awareness of diabetes

In May 2013, Angie Middlehurst, IDF Life for a Child (LFAC) Programme Education Manager, was invited to be a member of the expert advisory committee set up by IDF in collaboration with Sanofi Diabetes to address the global challenges facing children with diabetes worldwide.