The Life for a Child Programme expands in 2021

12 February 2021

Life for a Child has recently announced a major expansion of its support to children in need of insulin, care, and education in under-resourced countries. From 23,000 children supported today, the organisation aims to reach 150,000 over the next 10 years.

Life for a Child is an organisation that partners with diabetes centers in under-resourced countries in order to provide young people with life-saving diabetes treatment. Its mission is to ensure that no child should die due to diabetes. Access to adequate diabetes treatments, medicines, technologies, care, and education is vital to achieving this mission.

One hundred years after the discovery of insulin, access remains unequal. Despite huge advancements in diabetes care, many people living with diabetes around the world do not have equal access to treatments, medicines, and support, which are typically more widely available in high- and middle-income countries (although access is also sometimes lacking in some of these countries). This is particularly relevant in 2021 as the diabetes community celebrates the Centenary of the discovery of Insulin. IDF Europe launched a three-year campaign in January to mark the important milestone. Equitable and affordable access to the necessary diabetes care for everyone in Europe is one of the key pillars of this campaign.

Life for a Child runs a campaign every year called Spare a Rose. The campaign encourages people to buy one less rose on Valentine’s Day and donate the cost to help sponsor insulin for a child in need. Click the link to discover how you can get involved in the campaign this year.

Eli Lilly and Company and Beyond Type 1 are the key enablers of this expansion. IDF Europe applauds these new partnerships, and the work Life for a Child does and will do over the next ten years to help young people living with diabetes.