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LFAC DKA awareness campaign launched in Ecuador

In 2012 the IDF Life for a Child Programme (LFAC) launched an ongoing campaign targeting diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a severe medical complication that occurs primarily in people with type 1 diabetes. Among the diabetes community, it had been recognised for many years that misdiagnosis occured in developing countries.

LFAC holds review and strategy meeting at ADA Scientific Sessions

The IDF Life for a Child Programme's annual Review and Strategy meeting, held in conjunction with the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) 74th Scientific Sessions in San Francisco (June 12-16), was this year attended by over 70 advocates, programme partners, major contributors and other supporters.

Charity Challenge in Fiji raises money for Life for a Child

Fiji, a country of 333 tropical islands situated in the South Pacific Ocean, proved an easy choice for Diabetes Tasmania's latest charity challenge. Diabetes Tasmania Ambassador, Caroline Thomas, and CEO, Caroline Wells, along with eight fellow adventurers and two guides recently spent 10 days paddling around the Yasawa Islands, an archipelago of some 20 volcanic islands located north west of Lautoka, Fiji's second largest city.

LFAC supported countries

The IDF Life for a Child Programme is currently helping over 14,000 CHILDREN AND YOUTH WITH DIABETES IN 47 COUNTRIES.

Republic of Congo

Population: 4.4 million (mid-2013)1
GDP per capita (PPP International $): $ 3,2402
Total expenditure on health per capita: (Intl $, 2011): 1092

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Mauritania

Population: 3.7 million1
GDP per capita (PPP International $): $2,4002
Total expenditure on health per capita (Intl $, 2011): 1292

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Canadian fundraising gala benefits Life for a Child

On April 19 2014, a special fundraiser was held at the Rialto Theatre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to raise money for the IDF Life for a Child Programme. The event was organised as part of a school project by Andria Carosielli, a young woman with type 1 diabetes, and Sandrine Lapointe. Guests included Katia Shannon (author of the documentary Sweet 16), who gave a speech on her work and experience with the Programme in Ecuador.

Generous donation from Italian diabetes association to further Life for a Child’s efforts in Tajikistan and Zimbabwe

The IDF Life for a Child Programme is very pleased to have received a generous donation of €35,000 from the Associazione Medici Diabetologi (AMD, Italian Association of Clinical Diabetologists), a member association of the International Diabetes Federation.

Jamaican hospitals receive refrigerators for donated insulin from Life for a Child

In developing countries a lack of refrigerators to store insulin is often a barrier for people with diabetes. Children require insulin injections two or more times a day, and insulin can only be stored at room temperature for one month.

Young Jamaicans walk to raise awareness of diabetes

On Sunday April 13, a group of 14 Jamaican teenagers and young adults with diabetes will walk 5km to raise awareness of the alarming increase of diabetes in young people, and to raise funds for much-needed support groups for children and their parents.

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