Life for a Child is an International Diabetes Federation program, supported by Diabetes NSW & ACT working towards the vision: NO CHILD SHOULD DIE OF DIABETES.

Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition requiring daily insulin injections, blood glucose monitoring, education and specialist health care.

Access to this life saving treatment is often difficult, and sometimes impossible, to achieve in less-resourced countries. Without support, many young people die soon after being diagnosed. Those who survive develop complications, such as eye damage and kidney failure.


This is where Life for a Child steps in. We partner with diabetes centers in 42 lower-income countries to provide:

  • Insulin and syringes
  • Blood glucose monitoring equipment and test strips
  • Clinical care
  • HbA1c testing
  • Diabetes education, workshops, camps, resources
  • Support for health professionals

Through these partnerships, we are supporting over 18,000 young people living with type 1 diabetes.

In some of the countries where we work, we have the resources to help every diagnosed child. With your support, we can achieve this in all 42, and extend the program to help others in need (there is a waiting list for support).

In addition to the provision of essential supplies and technical assistance, Life for a Child conducts clinical research, and assists local partners with the development of advocacy campaigns to improve diabetes care in young people. Life for a Child is steered by the overarching view to promote sustainable solutions within partner countries.

Our Mission

Our Mission: Support the provision of the best possible health care, given local circumstances, to all children and youth (under 26 years of age) with diabetes in less-resourced countries, through the strengthening of existing diabetes services.

Conduct international advocacy and clinical research, and where possible help both young adults and also recipient countries with achieving sustainability.


A comprehensive formal evaluation of the work of LFAC was completed by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2015. It concluded that the program is strong, delivered well and highly valued by the centers, children, young people and families that it supports. Click here to view the full report.


Life for a Child has developed an online library of educational resources in 17 languages, as well as treatment guidelines and diabetes ketoacidosis prevention posters.


Diabetes NSW & ACT Partnership

Since 2001, Diabetes NSW & ACT has been a proud partner of the International Diabetes Federation’s Life for a Child Program. Diabetes NSW & ACT helped establish this pioneering program and provides invaluable assistance with program infrastructure including:

  • Financial and auditing services
  • Office facilities for Life for a Child staff
  • Communications and marketing services
  • Locally-produced education materials (books and DVD’s)

How you can help


Make a Donation


For more information about the program, making a donation or fundraising, please contact Christine Williamson.

T: +61 2 9552 9933


For information on diabetes education materials for young people, please contact:

Angie Middlehurst – Education Manager


T: +61 2 9552 9962