“Life for a Child”
A Program of the International Diabetes Federation
"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
President - International Diabetes Federation (2006-2009)
Chairman – International Diabetes Federation Life for a Child Program
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The Mission of the Life for A Child Program
The International Diabetes Federation Life for a Child Program
(LFAC) seeks to give children and youth with diabetes in developing countries the best possible chance at a normal and healthy life. These children need insulin, quality medical care, blood glucose monitoring, and diabetes education. This care is often unavailable or unaffordable, resulting in a quick death or survival with poor quality of life. Serious complications can develop at a young age, and those who survive frequently drop out of school, have difficulty getting a job or finding a marriage partner, and struggle as adults.
Where and How Needs Are Met
"Life for a Child" now assists over 11,000 children in 43
countries (see map below). Children’s diabetes services in each of these countries are provided with targeted support so they can provide the best possible care, given local circumstances. Depending on the needs this includes insulin, syringes, blood glucose testing supplies, HbA1c testing, education and training for health professionals. The centres provide thorough clinical and financial feedback to the LFAC Management team, based in Sydney, Australia.
HOPE worldwide’s Role
HOPE worldwide has been a key partner in the Program since its inception in 2001.
Donations can be given either as a recurring contribution or as a one-off. A dollar covers a child's diabetes care for a single day. With this low cost, supporting a child costs just:
- $30 per month
- $92 per quarter
- $365 per year
Donations in the USA are tax-exempt - if you are donating from outside the USA, please contact the Program via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information about the Program is available via www.lifeforachild.org.
Watch how your support is making a difference for children with diabetes.