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Spare a Rose, Save a Child: Help Bring Insulin to Children with Diabetes

Published: 2/12/13
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By Adam Brown

For Valentine’s Day, we are asking you to consider extending your love to children who have diabetes but who don’t have access to treatment and medicine. This week, February 10-February 16, buy one less rose for your valentine and donate those funds to the International Diabetes Federation’s (IDF) Life for a Child (see diaTribe dialogue in diaTribe #7 and sum musings diaTribe #39). Life for a Child helps over 10,000 children by providing insulin and syringes, blood glucose monitoring tools, A1c tests, and diabetes education. That’s wonderful – but IDF estimates that over 70,000 children actually need Life for a Child’s help. Please consider sharing the link and donating at to ensure that these children continue to have the services that they need.

By IDF’s estimates (and they don’t miss on these research stats!), 80,000 to 100,000 children desperately need more resources to help manage their diabetes – and, in fact, just to stay alive. Life for a Child helps children by supporting established diabetes centers in developing countries, including Bolivia, Ecuador, Haiti, India, Nepal, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, 41 in all. In many of these countries, children are not diagnosed as quickly as in developed countries, which puts them at greater risk not only of long-term complications but also of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which causes early death. Even when these children are diagnosed in a timely way, affordable insulin is in short supply or not available at all, which is the most common cause of death for these youngsters. We salute organizations such as Novo Nordisk, Eli Lilly, and J&J, which have already committed resources to Life for a Child. But we can all pitch in, spare a rose, and save a child.

Update: Thank you to all of our readers and the diabetes online community for supporting IDF's Life for a Child program. In one week, the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign raised more than $3,000 to help children with diabetes. The campaign had 76 participating websites and generated 848 campaign-related tweets that reached an audience of 262,639 people. To learn more about the campaign, please visit the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign website. – MN/AB/KC/NL

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