||Life for a Child
Update July 2007
We now help in 15 countries – six in Africa, six in Asia, two in the Pacific, and one in South America. Lives are being preserved and changed in all these nations. In this update, we share some stories of children supported in Sri Lanka, where we fully support 60 children cared for by the “Insulin Bank” program of the National Diabetes Centre near Colombo. The Insulin Bank cares for children from impoverished situations from across the country.
The country of Zimbabwe in Southern Africa is going through a economic crisis, with inflation of 4,000% per annum. Basic service provision is in disarray, and people with diabetes are literally struggling to survive. With the assistance of Insulin for Life, we are sending in sufficient insulin for 33 of the most needy children. The insulin is being distributed by the Zimbabwean Diabetes Association.
We have also been able to increase our support for children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and in Rwanda due to some assistance from new donors in the USA.
How are the funds used in the countries we help?
The pie chart shows the use of the US$119,000 we have distributed in the last 12 months. The largest cost is insulin, followed by monitoring and education. Funds are also used for HbA1c testing, medical care, and equipment, as necessary. The high cost of meters and strips is a concern all over the world – the annual cost is twice or more the cost of insulin. Life for a Child and the IDF Task Force on Insulin, Test Strips, and other Diabetes Supplies is trying to address this problem.
Allocation of Funds
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