IDF to take steps to fight diabetes among children in developing countries

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has announced its program to save children suffering from diabetes. As a part of the program, they have decided to bring together key opinion leaders to push for action to secure care.

The meeting, Access to Essential Diabetes Medicines for Children in the Developing World, will be held on Saturday, October 25 in London, United Kingdom.The International Diabetes Federation has invited Ministries of Health from various developing countries, leaders from the pharmaceutical industry, philanthropic foundations, leading supply-chain management firms, diabetes associations, as well as professional societies in paediatrics and diabetes education.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organization of over 200 member associations in more than 160 countries, advocating for the more than 250 million people with diabetes, their families, and their healthcare providers. Its mission is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide. The International Diabetes Federation is an NGO in official relations with the World Health Organization and an associated NGO with the United Nations Department of Public Information.

In order to support some of those children, the International Diabetes Federation created its Life for a Child Program in 2001. The program, which is operated in partnership with Diabetes Australia-NSW and HOPE worldwide, currently supports a total of 1000 children in Azerbaijan, Bolivia, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Fiji, India, Mali, Nepal, Nigeria,Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Sudan, The United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe.

Dr. Silink, who co-founded the Program said,

“The 1000 children that we support represent a pitifully small number of those in need.It seems unthinkable that diabetes care remains beyond the reach of so many. Solutions are available now to address the issues of affordability and accessibility. The means exist to strengthen healthcare systems and provide the diabetes education of healthcare professionals and the families of those affected by diabetes to make a significant step forward.”

Additional information of the campaign is available at https://www.idf.org

Source: IT news

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