In developing countries where health care capacity is inadequate, type 1 diabetes can be a death sentence for a vulnerable child.
Type 1 diabetes accounts for about 5% of diabetes cases worldwide. However, type 1 diabetes is still the most common form of diabetes in children. Without insulin therapy, a person with type 1 diabetes will eventually die. In some sub-Saharan countries, life expectancy for a child with type 1 diabetes is less than 1 year after diagnosis.
Most premature deaths caused by type 1 diabetes could be avoided with access to proper diagnosis and care, including access to insulin therapy. The WDF supports sustainable capacity building and funding typically supports camps for people living with type 1 diabetes, training of healthcare professionals, family counselling and related activities.