Life for a Child - Updates
Below are updates from each Life for a Child site across the globe. Every year, we strive to reach more children than ever. Find out how:
Extension of insulin coverage to 140 children – essentially all those in need in the country, as well as a blood glucose meter and test strips being provided through the Home Diagnostics initiative and with the assistance of Diabetes Australia-NSW.
Insulin and visual test strip provision to children in Tashkent, with expansion of the program at the start of this year to Samarkand
Insulin provided for 66 needy children identified by the Zimbabwean Diabetes Association, in partnership with Insulin for Life
Reported mortality from diabetes in youth in Mali is very high. We are supporting a partnership of government clinics and the Santé Diabète Mali to care for the 14 known children and adolescents in Bamako, Sikasso and Tombouctou (Timbuktu)
FUVIDA (Fundación Aprendiendo a Vivir con Diabetes) in the city of Guayaquil provides comprehensive care for an increasing number of children with diabetes whose families cannot afford care. We are supporting insulin and blood glucose monitoring for 50 children.
Last month we commenced supporting the clinic at the Wad Medani Paediatric Hospital (part of the University of Gezira). This centre has received WDF support so that it can provide a multi-disciplinary service. Our assistance covers test strips, lancets and syringes for 25 of the children in the poorest situations. The State Government has just agreed to provide insulin free to children, which is a major advance.
Lagos program developing further, as part of a Rotary grant
Steadily expanding program based at Patan Hospital but covering children from various parts of the country, including some in isolated settings. The documentary produced by Eli Lilly features four of these children, and the hospital clinic.
Continuation of provision of insulin and testing supplies for the most needy children at the three largest referral centres in Manila
Limited support now needed – the country is becoming increasing self-sufficient for provision of diabetes services for children
Papua New Guinea
Sadly Jacklyin – the first child supported by the Program, died of pneumonia last year. Jacklyin had complex medical problems, and yet had six years of happy and healthy life in her village home thanks to the program’s support. Support will be extended to youth with type 2 in 2008
We support 45 children and adolescents at the Dream Trust in Nagpur. A grant from Medtronic for educational activities for children and adolescents and their families, and health professionals also included education scholarships for some older youth – a novel idea which may be useful in other countries as well.
Blood glucose monitoring and associated education in the capital Baku, the western city of Ganja, and most recently children from some other parts of the country.
Support for most costs for 93 children cared for in Dar es Salaam.
25 children supported by General Program funds and a further 35 using funds from Rotary, Eli Lilly, and Lifescan.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Extension of support to cover 60 children and 10 young mothers with diabetes to ensure safe deliveries. Support will be further extended in 2008
All 93 children and adolescents known to the Association are now being supported. Prof. Trevor Orchard will be visiting with the aim of building a collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh