The theme of this year's World Diabetes Day campaign is Diabetes in Children and Adolescents. Type 1 diabetes is growing by 3 percent each year in children and adolescents, and at an alarming 5 percent each year among pre-school children. It is estimated that 70,000 children under the age of 15 develop type 1 diabetes each year - this is almost 200 children a day.
One of the key points of the campaign is that diabetes hits poor children the hardest. I think daily about children who don't have access to insulin, syringes, other supplies and strong medical support. We are so blessed at present to have great coverage for Olivia and a wonderful endo team, but why us and not others? No child should die for lack of insulin.
There aren't any events taking place on that date in our area, so I don't know what we will do to "celebrate," but I will be using the blog to get the word out. If you have a blog and haven't done so already, please consider adding a World Diabetes Day banner to your site. Consider supporting the Life for a Child sponsorship program. Or just read through their material and pick up some talking points. Pass along the word.