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LiFE FOR A CHiLD( LFAC) Programme in Bangladesh

BADAS-USAID TB CARE II Project Life for a child ( LFAC) Programme in Bangladesh is a joint initiative of the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh ( BADAS) & International Diabetes Federation (IDF). The International Diabetes Federation "Life for a Child" Programme was established in 2000 with support from the Australian Diabetes Council and HOPE worldwide. It is an innovative and sustainable support programme in which individuals, families and organizations contribute monetary or in-kind donations to help children with diabetes in developing countries.

‘Life for a Child supports the provision of the best possible healthcare, given local circumstances, to all young people with diabetes in developing countries, through the strengthening of paediatric diabetes services in these countries.’

Slogan of LFAC- No child should die of diabetes

The programme was inaugurated in Bangladesh in June 2010 at BIRDEM, Dhaka. LFAC programme has shifted to the new hospital for Women and children BIRDEM 2 in 2012.

Aim of the Programme :

The Programme aims to provide -

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

Following services are provided at LFAC in Bangladesh

  • Basic medical care at free of cost to the poor young diabetics(1 to 26yrs) which includes-Insulin,Glucometer,Strips,betacheck,HbA1c testing.
  • Monthly consultation those patients are under 18yrs and two/three monthly consultation who are over 18yrs(below 23 yrs).
  • Diabetes education to the patients and parents.
  • Psychosocial screening & counseling.
  • Yearly review
  • Collecting patient data and submit the reports

To provide basic medical care at free of cost to the poor young diabetics: Insulin; Glucometer; Glucometer Strip; Lancets; Syringes; HbA1c test LFAC is now covering 58 among 64 districts of Bangladesh. Majority of the patients cannot afford to come to Dhaka center, so Insulin are sent to peripheral Diabetes centers. 2311 children, adolescents and young adults have been enrolled in LFAC programme since June 2010. Among them 692 patients are taking insulin from Dhaka center. A research study is going on in partnership with the International Diabetes Federation Life for a Child program (based in Sydney, Australia), the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (Oakland, USA), and College of Medicine, University of Florida (Gainesville, USA). The title is “EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDY OFCHILDHOOD AND YOUTH DIABETES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES”.

This study aims to set up a register (a list) of children and young people under 21 years with diabetes in Bangladesh and other developing countries, and determine the types and rates of diabetes in Bangladesh. It will also determine the genes that may be influencing the types of diabetes in Bangladesh. The study will investigate the type of diabetes in individuals with diabetes by looking at the history of diabetes in each person, and measuring certain chemicals in the blood that are important in causing diabetes. The study will also look at DNA samples from people with diabetes, and also without diabetes.

Following Services are provided by LFAC programme:

  • Insulin Glucometer
  • Strip Lancet
  • HbA1c Testing
  • Retinopathy Screening


The Programme aims to provide -

  • Determine the type of diabetes in new cases of childhood and youth diabetes in Azerbaijan, Mali, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sudan, through standard clinical history features, and determination of auto-antibodies and C-peptide status
  • Determine incidence and prevalence of type 1 and other types of diabetes in youth in these countries

Group Education of patients and parents Practical demonstration (Glucometer) Giving Insulin to a patient
Hba1C test Patients and parents Patients and parentst
Gluco meter ( Nipro ) Glocometer(One touch ) Group Education of Patients
Data collection Family picture Group counseling