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Family voices in Uzbekistan

“I don’t like it, it’s hard work” said 12 year old Akbar. Summed up in an honest and simple way, this is how he feels about having diabetes. Akbar was speaking to a room of 40 doctors and nurses at a training workshop in Uzbekistan. Designed to give young people and their family’s space to […]

Dr. Graham Ogle receives the Sir Kempson Maddox Award

Dr. Graham Ogle, one of the founding members and current General Manager of Life for a Child was presented with the Sir Kempson Maddox Award at a ceremony in Sydney, Australia. The award is Diabetes NSW & ACT’s highest accolade, and is given to a person who has made a significant contribution toward helping to […]

Drs. Fran and Neal Kaufman – Diabetes in Ethiopia

We arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at 5 in the morning after flying 19 hours and stopping in Dublin on Air Ethiopia – which other than the food and the movies – was wonderful. Driving to our hotel we couldn’t help but compare the sights out the window to Haiti, where we have helped conduct […]

”It’s a long road but there’s a lot to give thanks for.”

Life for a Child supports over 200 young people living with type 1 diabetes across Jamaica. One of those young people is Bill, a seventeen year old student from Kingston, Jamaica. The Diabetes Association of Jamaica recently sent us this story after one of their staff members had a chat with Bill and his Mom […]

Claude’s Story – A young man’s struggle with type 1 in Rwanda

Many of the children supported by Life for a Child face a number of challenges in addition to the management of their type 1 diabetes. We recently received this story from a supported center in Rwanda which shows that sometimes, unfortunately, these challenges can prove insurmountable. ‘’Claude remembers nothing about his life before 1994. That […]

Liberia – Tackling Type One

”If it wasn’t for Life for a Child the story of Type 1 Diabetes in Liberia would only be expressed as mortality rate. Management of diabetes at the individual level is beyond challenging due to pervasive poverty resulting in food scarcity and the inability to purchase insulin” Augustine, our man on the ground in Liberia. […]

Health System Reform

IDF Life for a Child (LFAC) has commenced new work towards sustainability in diabetes care. For LFAC, two key pillars of sustainability include promoting health systems reform and encouraging advocacy. Being engaged in health systems reform means to research and evaluate the changes/trends within national health systems in the countries that LFAC helps. Doing so […]

View from The States

James Ron, one of our great advocates recently wrote about his son’s diagnosis and why he supports the program: ‘’When our two-year old son, Sacha, was first diagnosed my wife, Emma and I scrambled to figure out how to get him the help he needed – long and short-acting insulin, syringes, test strips, Glucagon, HbA1Cs, […]

”We didn’t know how we would be able to afford supplies”

I live in Chimaltenango in Guatemala and I am 16 years old.Eight years ago I started to lose weight, I was very thirsty and urinated very often. My parents were very worried so they took me to the local hospital where I had tests and I was told I had type 1 diabetes. There was […]

Spare a Rose 2017

Thank You to the Diabetes Online Community! Over $22,000 was raised by Spare a Rose during 2017, enabling Life for a Child to support 369 young people with the insulin, tools and education they need to manage their diabetes. Our Education Director, Angie recently visited Colombo in Sri Lanka to see your donations in action. […]

Angie visits young people living with type 1 in Sri Lanka

It was a sticky, humid day in Colombo, Sri Lanka when I met Kassun. I was visiting the Sri Lankan Diabetes Association to meet young people supported by the program and the health professionals caring for them. The association had arranged for me to see the kids with the biggest challenges, none with HbA1c below […]

Update from Yasir in Karachi

At age four, Yasir was rushed to hospital in Karachi, Pakistan where doctors realized he was in Diabetic Ketoacidosis. He was diagnosed with type 1 and, for the next few days stayed in hospital with his parents. Yasir comes from a poor family and lives in Karachi along with his parents and four brothers and […]

Estephany’s Story

”I thought that I may have been refused as I have type 1 diabetes..” Estephany is a young girl supported by the program in Guatemala. She wanted to share her story to encourage younger children living with diabetes: ”My name is Estephany and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in June, 2009. At the […]

DKA Awareness Campaign

Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) occurs when there is profound insulin deficiency. It frequently occurs at diagnosis, and also in children and young people  with diabetes, if insulin is omitted, or if insufficient insulin is given at times of acute illness. It is quite likely that some children and youth in developing countries, presenting for the first […]

Type 1 in The Galapagos

Our colleague, Aracely Basurto, from FUVIDA diabetes center in Guayaquil, Ecuador, was contacted via Facebook by a young girl called Darlenis, seeking advice.  Darlenis is the only young person with T1D on San Cristobal Island, in the Galapagos Archipelago, so has very little support regarding her diabetes management.   There are no specialist doctors which […]

Aditi, Divit and Faiyaz – India

The diagnosis of a child with diabetes can be scary and overwhelming for families anywhere in the world. Imagine having three children in one family, all diagnosed at a young age. This is what happened to a family in Indore, India. Shivani, a diabetes educator and dietitian tells us, ‘’Divit being the eldest takes care […]

Camping with Life for a Child

Conducting a camp or activity day can be very daunting for diabetes centers in less-resourced countries so we encourage all the centers we support to start small, think about doing a 2 hour support group and build from there. We give comprehensive guidance and support for the first activity, and offer a manual and ad-hoc […]

Keeping insulin cool

  Imagine not having a refrigerator to store insulin! In some countries, evaporative cooling using clay pots are an alternative to a refrigerator. No one really knew how efficient these alternatives were so Life for a Child conducted a study to find out. Thirteen devices were used in seven countries (10 clay pots, a goat skin, […]

Yasir’s Story

At age four, Yasir was rushed to hospital in Karachi, Pakistan where doctors realized he was in Diabetic Ketoacidosis. He was diagnosed with type 1 and, for the next few days stayed in hospital and, along with his parents, learned how to manage his diabetes.   Yasir’s family simply couldn’t afford the cost of the […]

Ecuador camp

What a group! At the recent Fundacion Diabetes Juvenil Ecuador annual camp, young people of all ages living with diabetes came together to make friends and have fun. Activities at camp are age appropriate and there are loads of opportunities for incidental diabetes education. Here you can see Miguel learning about carb counting and healthy […]

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