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Diabetes Awareness for Kids

Posted on March 22, 2015 | No Comments on Diabetes Awareness for Kids

The unprecedented prevalence of diabetes has alarmed world health organizations to conduct intensive campaign among kinds or the future generation about diabetes. In the Philippines, many organizations exist to help increase diabetes awareness among children. Topping the list is the Philippine Center for Diabetes Education Foundation, which put up a Diabetes Clinic to meet the growing needs of educating a diabetic client. Apart from establishing a comprehensive diabetes education program in the Philippines, this foundation also instituted the CAMP COPE (Children Overcoming Diabetes Problems Everywhere). This camp provides a training program designed for diabetic children to allow them to learn how to live independently in spite of their disease. The camp not only provides adventurous camping vacation for insulin dependent diabetes but allows them to learn and experience to manage their disease independently. It also allows them to mingle with other children with diabetes to build their self-esteem and improve and social lives.

Another important organization for raising diabetes awareness for kids is the International Diabetes Federation, which has the IDF Life for a Child Programme which helps educate children across the world to learn to prevent and manage diabetes. It started in 2001 and is implemented in the Philippines with different healthcare organizational partners such as the Makati Medical Center, University of the Philippines/Philippines General Hospital, and Institute for the Study of Diabetes and HOPE worldwide.

Incidentally, as part of the Philippine government’s initiative to increase awareness of diabetes to both children and adults, it has declared the 4th week of July, the National Diabetes Awareness Week, during which a week-long of activities is dedicated for disseminating information knowledge about diabetes across the Philippines in partnership with the Department of Health and other non-governmental organizations.

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