Life for a Child


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The Life for a Child film premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, and has also been part of the official selection of the following international festivals:

  • 2008 Vienna International Film Festival
  • 2008 Heartland Film Festival
  • Festival du Noveau Cinéma de Montreal
  • 2009 Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose, California, where it was awarded best Short Documentary

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Director: Edward Lachman (Academy Award nominee in 2003 for cinematography for Far From Heaven)
Executive Producer: J. Scott MacGregor, Eli Lilly and Company
Producers: Don Faller, doublewide media; Wayne Lachman, Wayne Lachman Productions

Life for a Child Films


After the outstanding success of the 2007 documentary film Life for a Child, Academy Award-nominated director Edward Lachman teamed up once again with Eli Lilly and Company and the International Diabetes Federation to produce a heart-rending film about children with diabetes, this time in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Lifeblood features Congolese children with type 1 diabetes and follows their day-to-day lives as they struggle to survive in their impoverished capital city of Kinshasa.


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.


Children's stories

In this part of the site we will post information about the children that you are helping to support.


Read about Jaclyne and how her story inspired the program.


Read about Ashish, a 15 year-old boy who must travel 320 km to collect the medical supplies he requires to live.

The Programme

The International Diabetes Federation "Life for a Child" Programme was established in 2000 with support from the Australian Diabetes Council (previously known as Diabetes Australia - NSW) and HOPE worldwide. It is an innovative and sustainable support programme in which individuals, families and organisations contribute monetary or in-kind donations to help children with diabetes in developing countries.