Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle and there's nothing you can do to prevent T1D. At present, there is nothing you can do to get rid of it. 

What is Life for a Child?

Life for a Child is a global program which supports individual diabetes foundations across the world.  In Canada, Life for a Child has many long standing supports including Senior Doctors (paed endos) from Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto,  Senior Doctors (Paed Endos) from the Children’s Hospital of East Ontario (CHEO).


The International Diabetes Federation’s Life for a Child Programme is an international aid program that provides life-saving support to children and youth with diabetes in developing countries.

The Programme works with established diabetes centres in these countries so they can provide medical supplies, clinical treatment and diabetes education to the children and youth in their care. The centres monitor comprehensive clinical outcome data and provide financial feedback to the Program management team in Sydney.

The Programme aims to provide:

  • Sufficient insulin and syringes
  • Blood glucose monitoring equipment
  • Appropriate clinical care
  • HbA1c testing
  • Diabetes education
  • Technical support for health professionals

The Programme also aims to raise awareness of the plight of children and youth with diabetes in their own countries, and encourages governments to establish appropriate care to safeguard the future of children with diabetes.