Life for a Child



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GDP per capita (PPP): $9,000 (2008 est)
Total expenditure on health per capita: $218 (Intl $, 2006)

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Lilly’s commitment to Life for a Child

Eli Lilly and Company has been the worldwide leader in diabetes care for more than 80 years, since it delivered the first commercial insulin to patients in 1923. That breakthrough saved countless lives and has helped millions of people with diabetes sustain longer, fuller and healthier ones. Yet many still desperately need help.

As the scourge of diabetes grows, new treatments – and access to them -- are more vital than ever to combat this global epidemic.


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.



The IDF Life for a Child Programme produces biannual updates with the latest news on Programme developments and achievements. Click on the images to download the pdfs.

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.




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