Continuing Program E valuation for Life For a Child-Pitt Initiative Program in Rwanda. Vineeta Sharma. Faculty advisor and Site preceptor: Dr. Trevor Orchard. Diabetes.
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Faculty advisor and Site preceptor:
Dr. Trevor Orchard
In 2001, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) launched the Life for a Child Program to provide children in developing countries with the diabetes supplies, care and education they need to survive. It is run in partnership with Diabetes Australia-NSW and HOPE worldwide. This IDF program works to strengthen existing pediatric diabetes services so that they can provide the best possible care, given local circumstances, to all young people with diabetes in their area. The LFAC is currently supporting 4000 children in 26 countries. Most of the funding for this program comes through individual donations and donation of supplies from companies.
The diabetes centre started last year by Gishoma and his wife is a training/support center for children with diabetes. Children enroll here for a period of 6-months and learn how to manage their diabetes along with learning livelihood skills such as tailoring etc.
Association Rwandaise des Diabetique (ARD) headed by Mr. Francois Gishoma is the implementing in-country partner for LFAC program. As an established center of care for diabetics, the ARD helps with the treatment, education and management of diabetes. Located in the capital city Kigali, it not only caters to diabetics in Kigali but all around the country.
On May 19th 2010, Sarah Marshall and I, arrived at the ARD to see children with diabetes. Having oriented me to the local situation and the ARD personnel, Sarah left on 1st June. But before she left, we conducted clinical exams and filled out LFAC forms for 60 children. Most of these children were examined at the ARD while the rest were examined at the 4 regional hospitals (located at Butare, Kigeme, Kabagayi and Kilinda) we travelled to between 19th and 30th May.
As a part of the established LFAC protocol, we conducted comprehensive clinical exams on children to assess the following:
The LFAC forms (such as the one shown on the left) were used for data collection.
Rwanda, popularly known as the “Land of Thousand Hills” is a beautiful country of wonderful people. Despite a tragic history, the upbeat attitude of the Rwandans is truly inspiring. Even in the face of scarce resources, the people of Rwanda are striving to help their nation’s children- many orphaned by decades of strife. These children are the country’s rays of hope as this nation gears up for a brighter future. When I embarked on this journey, little did I expect what valuable lessons awaited me there. The six weeks I spent there have truly been one of the most memorable, humbling and educative experiences of my life………….
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