Founded in 1998 and located in Porto Alegre/RS, the Instituto da Criança com Diabetes (ICD) monitors more than 4,600 children and young people with type 1 diabetes free of charge.
The Institute’s work is focused on preventing complications resulting from the condition, through education, access to treatment, new technologies and extensive social assistance to family members and/or caregivers, who also need to be involved in the treatment of their children. Interdisciplinary care is provided by a team made up of endocrinologists, nephrologists, ophthalmologists, psychiatrists, nurses, nutritionists, psychologists, dentists, social workers and physical educators.
On a day-to-day basis, the ICD interdisciplinary team addresses the various aspects of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of complications from type 1 diabetes aimed at people affected, family members and caregivers, at outpatient consultations and at the Day Hospital.
During the year, people with type 1 diabetes receive guidance on:
- Oral health
- Insulin delivery
- Food plan and carbohydrate counting
- Diabetes at school, at work and in special situations
- Insulin pump therapy
- Myths and beliefs about type 1 diabetes
- New technologies and new treatments
- How to deal with diabetes when you have other conditions
- Diabetic ketoacidosis
- The importance of physical activity
- The mental health impact of living with type 1 diabetes
The goal is to expand knowledge about the condition and make those involved have greater adherence to treatment.
ICD also offers a Type 1 Diabetes Compact Education Program, consisting 14 video classes, recorded by the Institute’s medical and technical team. The programme aims to bring education on type 1 diabetes to places where there are no diabetes education programmes.