Diabetes is a serious disease impacting millions of people around the world. With proper care and treatment, diabetics can manage their condition and live normal, healthy lives. However, for children in developing countries, quality medical care and education is often unavailable or unaffordable. Without access to insulin and blood glucose monitoring, serious complications can develop at a young age, resulting in quick deaths or poor quality of life. Youth who do survive frequently drop out of school, have difficulty getting a job and struggle to find a marriage partner.
“For any child with diabetes, having access to insulin, a life-saving and life-sustaining medication, should be a right, not a privilege. The discovery of insulin 89 years ago was hailed as a miracle. Yet today many children with diabetes in the developing world still face death because they cannot access or afford this miracle drug.” – Professor Martin Silink, Former President of the International Diabetes Federation
The Response of the International Diabetes Federation
In 2000, the International Diabetes Federation established the “Life for a Child” program, an innovative and sustainable support mechanism to enable individuals and organizations to contribute monetary or in-kind donations to help children with diabetes in developing countries. The Life for a Child program now helps more than 12,500 children and youth with diabetes in 46 countries around the world. Children’s diabetes service centers in these countries are provided with targeted support – including medical supplies, insulin, testing services and health professional training – so they can provide the best possible care to the youth in their communities.
HOPE worldwide has been privileged to partner with the International Diabetes Federation since the inception of the “Life for a Child” program almost 15 years ago. HOPE worldwide has collected funds and helped administer the program in several countries on behalf of the LFAC management team based in Australia. U.S. donors can currently make tax-deductible donations in support of the LFAC program through HOPE worldwide.
How You Can Help
Supporting a child with diabetes can cost as little as a dollar a day. A monthly pledge of $30 enables the “Life for a Child” program to supply a young person with the insulin, supplies, education and health care he or she needs to survive and thrive. Donations of any size and frequency are appreciated. For more information about the “Life for a Child” program, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lifeforachild.org. If you would like to donate from outside of the U.S., please contact email@example.com.