Schools Lead Fight Against Diabetes in India

Schools Lead Fight Against Diabetes in India

A number of schools in Delhi will be amongst the first in India to receive information and training on how to educate teachers, students and parents on diabetes (type 1 and type 2) in school.

The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), HRIDAY (Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth), the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Sanofi India Limited announced Wednesday the roll-out of the KiDS (Kids and Diabetes in Schools) ‘School Diabetes Information Pack’ designed for India in public and private schools in Delhi.

This information pack was released in the presence of important stakeholders including MoHFW, GoI, Department of Education and Health, Govt. of NCT of Delhi.

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The KiDS initiative launched in India in September 2013 by Sir Michael Hirst, President of IDF; Chris Viehbacher, Chief Executive Officer, Sanofi; and Dr. K Srinath Reddy, President of PHFI, is a school-based intervention that aims to counteract diabetes related discrimination and foster a supportive learning environment in schools around both types of diabetes.

Fifteen schools (both government and private) will receive training sessions and Information Packs on managing diabetes from experts in healthcare, public health and health promotion from HRIDAY and PHFI.

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The Information Pack will offer information on diabetes management to children with diabetes, as well as teachers and parents of children with diabetes. The pack suggests interesting extra-curricular activities to engage children on the issue.

HRIDAY, the partner NGO implementing KiDS training programmes in schools, estimates that education sessions and information about diabetes will reach approximately 300,000 students, teachers and families by the end of 2014.

The KiDS global project information pack for schools is available to download from the IDF website. KiDS pilot projects are also ongoing in Brazil and translations in different languages will be available during the next months.

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