November 13th, 2012
In recognition of World Diabetes Day, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Diabetes Companies made an announcement yesterday about a commitment from LifeScan, Inc.to supply one million test strips and encourage support for International Diabetes Federation’s “Life for a Child” program.
Following is a blog post from Charles Renfroe, Director of Diabetes Advocacy & Alliances, Johnson & Johnson Family of Diabetes Companies, about the program.
On Wednesday, November 14, the world commemorates World Diabetes Day on the birthday of Frederick Banting, who discovered insulin more than 90 years ago. While a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) continues to elude us for the time being, no one denies that technological advances since the discovery of insulin in 1921 have saved countless lives and made life better and easier for those who not only survive, but thrive with T1D. While research and development continue to bring life-saving technologies and medicines to market, the importance of making essential medicines, especially insulin, widely available to those who need them around the world, cannot be underestimated.
Thousands of children in the developing world are suffering and facing death because they do not have access to treatment. One small but growing program of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is working tirelessly to save the children of the world who are living with T1D. Life for a Child, with the help of grants, corporate support and individual donations, distributes life-saving insulin to 10,000 children in 39 developing countries around the world.