Just Earth News 30 Sep 2013 Print
For children with Type 1 diabetes, the project aims to encourage a safe and supportive school environment to manage their diabetes and avoid discrimination.
In addition, the program will raise awareness on diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2) and benefits of healthy nutrition and exercise habits among school children.
Launching the KiDS project at a media conference in Mumbai, Chris Viehbacher, Chief Executive Officer, Sanofi said “As a global leader in diabetes care, we focus on bringing real benefits to people with diabetes, not just providing a comprehensive portfolio of treatments and innovative patient-friendly devices, but also accompanying them in their daily life."
“In a developing country like India, barriers to diabetes self-management at school are significant.” said Michael Hirst, President, IDF.
Hirst said, “By engaging with policy makers and education authorities, organizing meetings in local communities and providing educational resources to schools, KiDS will raise awareness of diabetes, and the benefits of healthy nutrition and exercise habits among school-age children. IDF is delighted that, in partnership with Sanofi and PHFI, KiDS will bring about a systemic change for children with diabetes in schools.”
K Srinath Reddy, President - PHFI said, “The program’s first step was a feasibility study to understand the status of diabetes management by reviewing current policies on diabetes in schools, existing school guidelines and initiatives, any best practices -- and identify gaps in the knowledge so that appropriate 2/3 resources and dissemination routes can be developed."
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