Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) occurs when there is profound insulin deficiency. It frequently occurs at diagnosis and also in children and youth with diabetes if insulin is omitted, or if insufficient insulin is given at times of acute illness.
DKA results in vomiting, abdominal pain, flushed cheeks, acetone (sweet) smell on breath and dehydration with continued polyuria (excessive urination). Breathing at first is rapid and shallow and later deep sighing respirations (Kussmaul breathing). The level of consciousness decreases and coma and death can ensue.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 10:17
The International Diabetes Federation's Life for a Child Programme (LFAC) has developed a poster campaign to alert health professionals to the signs and symptoms of diabetes in order to make a swift diagnosis and provide appropriate treatment to save lives - championing the vision that no child should die of diabetes.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:21
In December 2012, Mr Sunil Gavaskar, one of world cricket's finest open batsmen, visited the DREAM Trust in Nagpur, India, the IDF Life for a Child Programme's implementing partner in the country.
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The IDF Life for a Child Programme receives contributions and support from individual donors, industry partners and other organisations which enable the Programme to help more and more children with diabetes in developing countries to receive the clinical care and diabetes education they require to stay alive.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Tue, 02/05/2013 - 11:03
The latest IDF Life for a Child Programme update - January 2013 - is now available for download, showcasing the programme's work in Tanzania, Mexico and Pakistan.
Life for a Child is going from strength to strength with over 10,000 children in 41 countries currently being supported.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Sat, 02/02/2013 - 17:29
The IDF Life for a Child Programme has received a welcome financial donation from the diabetes technology firm Timesulin, in support of the Programme’s work in Africa.
Timesulin co-founder and CEO, Mr John Sjölund, met Dr Ogle during the First IDF African Diabetes Congress in Tanzania in July 2012, and sought to contribute directly to Life for a Child’s wide range of activities with this thoughtful donation.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Wed, 12/19/2012 - 14:20
As part of its World Diabetes Day 2012 celebrations, IDF Life for a Child Programme partner LifeScan, Inc., part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Diabetes Companies, has generously donated one million test strips to children with diabetes in seven countries (Mali, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Guyana, Guatemala) supported by the Programme.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 11:51
The International Diabetes Federation’s Life for a Child Programme is pleased to formally announce the formation of the Life for a Child Medical & Scientific Advisory Group. Composed of International and Country Advisors, the Group’s primary function will be to support the Programme in achieving its vision that “No child should die of diabetes”. Over a two year term (2012-14), advisors will:
The Life for a Child Medical and Scientific Advisory Group was set up to support the Programme in achieving its vision that “No child should die of diabetes”. The group is composed of 26 International Advisors and 52 Country Advisors who will, over a two year term (2012-14):
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Thu, 12/06/2012 - 09:53
Cordis EMEA, part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, has donated 2,610EUR to the IDF Life for a Child programme. This generous donation was raised during the congress of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE).
Part of the funds will go toward helping the lives of children with diabetes in Eritrea through the Eritrea National Diabetic Association, a partner of the Life for a Child programme. Meters and one year's worth of strips will be provided for around 45 children and youth in the country.