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International Diabetes Federation Calls for Global Action to Keep All Children With Diabetes Alive
Date:10/13/2008

No Child Should Die of Diabetes

BRUSSELS, October 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) announced today that it is bringing together key opinion leaders to push for action to secure care for the thousands of children with diabetes in developing countries without access to 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.

"We are bringing together the people and the organizations that can provide not only the interim humanitarian response to save lives but can lay the groundwork for sustainable solutions that will benefit all children with diabetes," said Dr Martin Silink, President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases to affect children. Every day more than 200 children are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, requiring them to take multiple daily insulin shots and monitor the glucose levels in their blood. It is increasing at a rate of 3% each year among children and rising even faster in pre-school children at a rate of 5% per year. Currently, over 500,000 children under the age of 15 live with diabetes.

For children in the developing world with type 1 diabetes, the picture is bleak. Close to 75,000 children in low-income and lower-middle income countries are living with diabetes in desperate circumstances. These children need life-saving insulin to survive. Even more children are in need of the monitoring equipment, test strips and education required to manage their diabetes and avoid the life-threatening compl
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