KiDS on stage at the 2018 EFPIA Health Collaborations Awards
The Health Collaboration Awards, an initiative of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), provide the opportunity to showcase collaborative projects that benefit the lives of patients across Europe. Over 80 entries were received for the 2018 edition.
The implementation of the KiDS project in the Polish Podkarpacie region, where over half of the population is overweight, was the winner in the Prevention & Awareness category.
A multi-stakeholder cooperation between IDF, Sanofi, the University of Rzeszów, Rzeszów City Mayor, the Podkarpacie School Inspector, the Podkarpackie Region Sanitary Inspector, the Polish Diabetes Association and the Polish Federation on Education in Diabetology, made it possible to educate 1373 schoolchildren and 40 teachers, with the endorsement of the Ministry of Education.
The implementation was a win-win situation not only for the wider community, but also for 250 medical students from the University of Rzeszów, who conducted the trainings in 15 schools, gaining valuable field experience.
“School is the place where behaviour is shaped and lifestyle habits affecting health are formed,” said Magdalena Kruszewska, Chair of Sanofi Poland. “Diabetes is a growing global problem, and children are no exception. Therefore, education raising awareness and introduction of preventive measures should start as early as possible.”
Poland was the first country in Europe to implement the KiDS project, serving as a role model for other countries in the region.
KiDS event at the King Abdulaziz University Hospital Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
On the 24th of February, 2018 a KiDS education session was organised by the Society of Diabetes Patient Friends in Jeddah-KSA in the King Abdulaziz University Hospital Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The Society of Diabetes Patient Friends in Jeddah-KSA regularly conducts education sessions in schools in Jeddah to students and school staff to provide information and education on diabetes and diabetes management in schools.
The aim of this education session was to educate children and parents on diabetes and improve awareness.
A total of 53 children living with type 1 diabetes attended this session with their families (30 fathers and 50 mothers).
“Using the KiDS Information pack was very helpful in educating children, as the pack contains information about diabetes and how to manage diabetes during school. In addition, we educated the parents on diabetes and how to manage diabetes type 1. We corrected the myths on type 1 diabetes and informed them that they must send their diabetes care plan to the schools and keep in contact with the school care provider.”
KiDS event at the Milagres College in Mangalore, India
On the 21st of August, 2017 Dr. Haseeb Aman from India organised a KiDS event at the Milagres College in Mangalore, Karnataka State, India.
The purpose of this KiDS event was to inform teachers, parents and children on the management of diabetes. The KiDS information pack was distributed and demonstrations on how to use the diabetes kit and hypoglycaemia kit were shown.
Around 200 students from grade 5 to 8 (age 9 -13), along with 50 parents and 15 teachers were attending this information session.
Dr. Haseeb Aman on his experience:
“I was very much excited to do this event as it is one of the initiatives done by IDF on a global platform to educate teachers, kids and parents on diabetes at school. I found it very useful having tools provided by IDF for this program, as each one of them were very practical. I had good interaction with the kids, parents and teachers and helped them to understand what diabetes is, how to cope with diabetes and how to live a healthy lifestyle. I'm looking forward to continuing my work on spreading awareness on diabetes in all the schools in my district.”