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Life for a Child

LFAC site visit to supported centre in India

In October 2013, the IDF Life for a Child (LFAC) Programme  began work with the KLES Dr Prabhakar Kore Hospital & Medical Research Centre in the Indian city of Belgaum, Karnataka, and is currently providing support to around 140 children and youth between the ages of two and 25.

LFAC-supported business-start up programme in India expanded

In 2012, the DREAM Trust, based in Nagpur, India, successfully launched a small business start-up programme for people with type 1 diabetes. The positive impact, and a second grant from the IDF's Life for a Child Programme, encouraged the Trust to repeat the initiative, this time with a larger scope.

DKA campaign in Ecuador gains national support

LFAC workshop in Zimbabwe

Insulin, food, love and knowledge - just one of the mantras that developed from the first-ever workshop on diabetes in children in Zimbabwe.

Young triathlete raises money for Life for a Child

It is not an easy thing for someone with type 1 diabetes to undertake a major sporting event. As their own body doesn't manufacture insulin, they rely on injected insulin and must regularly test their blood glucose, even while racing. 

First Diabetes Camp in Sri Lanka

In July, the Insulin Bank of the Diabetes Association of Sri Lanka held their first camp for young people with type 1 diabetes, partly supported with funding from the IDF Life for a Child Programme. The camp involved 15 young people, seven girls and eight boys, aged 15-20 and was held at the Governors Camp, situated outside Wilpattu National Park, just outside the capital city Colombo.

LFAC General Manager conducts African site visits

Site visits are critical for the expansion of the IDF Life for a Child Programme (LFAC). They provide an opportunity for LFAC to check and review progress, teaching and mentoring, and for recipient centres to express needs. Each visit leads to improvements in care.

LFAC Education Manager visits diabetes camp in Jamaica

In July, Angie Middlehurst, Education Manager for the IDF Life for a Child (LFAC) Programme, spent a week in Jamaica, primarily to visit a diabetes camp conducted by the Kingston Social Development Commission in conjunction with the Diabetes Association of Jamaica (DAJ).

LFAC education resources now available in Marathi

Diabetes is a great challenge in the developing world. Many children and adolescents with diabetes die quickly or are chronically unwell due to lack of availability of quality care. Education of children and their families is essential so they can understand what diabetes is and live a healthy and full life. Likewise, health professionals need resources and training to provide quality care.

LFAC Annual Report showcases growth of Programme in 2013

Building on the milestone year of 2012, the IDF Life for a Child Programme (LFAC) stepped up its efforts in 2013 to address the multiple needs of children with type 1 diabetes in developing countries. By increasing the strength and number of connections in the diabetes community, LFAC was able to further improve outcomes for children and youth cared for in the 64 centres in 43 countries that it supported during the year.

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