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Lilly Announces Major Donation of Insulin to International Diabetes Federation's Life for a Child Program; Initial Focus Will Be on Sub-Saharan Africa
Date:11/12/2008

er essential medicines and having them supported by expert diabetes care will not be easy, but we owe it to future generations to take this on. IDF has brought together a broad coalition of global diabetes stake holders to find the means to strengthen existing healthcare systems for diabetes, lobby for change, and provide the necessary medication and education to make a real difference. We are already moving forward. This donation from Lilly is an incredible first step that so many children with diabetes and their families in the developing world so desperately need."

Lilly is already a major supporter of the Life for a Child Program through contributions from a partnership between the Lilly Foundation and Rotary International, as well as individual employee contributions that have helped sustain care for more than 200 children over the last five years.

These new donations of insulin will begin to be distributed in 2009 in nine African countries: Mali, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The number of children is expected to increase with time in each country as more are diagnosed and survive and more regional centers begin working with the program. The goal is that by 2012, these new insulin donations should be able to treat up to 24,000 children in the sub-Saharan region.

To further raise awareness of the devastating impact of diabetes and increase support for the program, Lilly and IDF also produced a documentary film, called Life for a Child, directed by Academy Award-nominee Edward Lachman. The film made its world debut in competition at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April 2008 and its European debut as an official selection of the Vienna International Film Festival in October. It will make its world television debut on the Sundance Channel in 2009.

For more information on the Life for a Child Program, please visit

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