Life for a Child


Population: 2.7 million (June 2009 est.)

GDP per capita (PPP): $8,200 (2009 est.)

Jamaica is a small island nation in the Caribbean. Aspects of the Jamaican lifestyle are deservedly famous, but the country faces substantial challenges with high unemployment, underemployment, and personal security issues.

Implementing Partner in-Country: Diabetes Association of Jamaica - Ms Lurline Less & colleagues



Population: 18.9 million (June 2009 est.)

GDP per capita (PPP): $1,600 (2009 est.)

Reportedly the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. A massive unequal distribution of wealth sees 55% of the population living below the extreme poverty line of US $1/day. Living standards are worse in rural areas, and much of the population is plagued by malnutrition, food insecurity, and lack of clean water.


Population: 14 million (June 2009 est.)

GDP per capita (PPP): $5,200 (2009 est.)

Guatemala is in Central America with a unique variety of climates and landscapes. A large proportion of the Guatemalan population is indigenous (38%) and there are reportedly 22 indigenous languages although Spanish is the official language. Over 50% of the total population lives below the national poverty line; 15% live in extreme poverty.

Dominican Republic

Population: 9.7 million (June 2009 est.)

GDP per capita (PPP): $8,300 US (2009)

The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. It is the second largest country in the Caribbean, by area, population and economy, and is among the Caribbean’s top tourist destinations owing to a temperate climate and biological diversity. However there is marked income inequality, plus high unemployment and underemployment.

Implementing Partner in-Country: Fundacion Aprendiendo a Vivir

Cayman Islands

Population: 49,000 (July 2010 est.)

GDP per capita (PPP): $43,000 (2004 est.)

The Cayman Islands is a group of three islands - Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman - located in the Caribbean and officially a British Overseas Territory (under UK jurisdiction). The Islands are a well-known tourist destination which features a tropical, marine climate.

Implementing Partner in-Country: Cayman Islands Diabetes Association (CIDA) - Ms Sylvia Perry and colleagues

People's Republic of Bangladesh

Population: 162.2 million (June 2009 est.)

GDP per capita (PPP): $1,600 (2009 est.)

Bangladesh is a densely populated country in South Central Asia, bordered by Burma and India. Despite widespread poverty, the GDP has more than doubled since the mid-70s and poverty is down by 20% on rates suffered during the 90s.

Implementing Partner in-Country: Diabetic Association of Bangladesh - Professor Kishwar Azad, Professor AZ Azad Khan and colleagues

Hope worldwide

HOPE worldwide Ltd is an international Christian non-Government organisation. HOPE worldwide Australia is another of the three key partners of the Programme – it provides the services of Dr Graham Ogle, the Programme Manager, as well as fundraising, financial control, logistics and general support.

Diabetes NSW

Diabetes NSW (formerly Australian Diabetes Council) is one of the three founding partners of the IDF Life for a Child Programme. It has hosted Life for a Child staff since the Programme began in 2000, and provides substantial support in the following areas:

  • Fundraising
  • Financial control
  • Contribution to Programme oversight
  • IT and office support
  • Diabetes education materials and expertise


Population: 11,392,629 (July 2009 est)
GDP per capita (PPP): $200 (2008 est)
Total expenditure on health per capita: $ 147 (Intl $, 2006)



Population: 27,606,007 (July 2009 est)
GDP per capita (PPP): $2,600 (2008 est)
Total expenditure on health per capita: $ 177 (Intl $, 2006)

Uzbekistan is located in Central Asia, north of Afghanistan. Russia conquered Uzbekistan in the late 19th century, and it subsequently became a part of the USSR and the CIS before achieving independence in 1991.