The Foundation’s 1st program, “Madhuraasha”, focuses on children between 0-18 years of age, from economically weaker section of society, with Type 1 Diabetes.
Till date 155 children are enrolled under its care.
Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) is an auto-immune disorder, where the body’s immune system destroys the insulin producing beta cells in the Pancreas.
As a result, the body can no longer produce the insulin so need insulin every day in order to control the levels of glucose in their blood. Type 1 diabetes has a wide presence in children and has high mortality rates. Without insulin, a child with type 1 diabetes will die. The disorder, if left unmanaged, poses various challenges to the patient and health care providers, including development of diabetic complications and thus decreasing the life expectancy of the affected child.
According to the Diabetes Foundation of India, about 50.9 million people in India suffer from diabetes, and this figure was likely to go up to 80 million by 2025, making it the ‘Diabetes Capital’ of the world. Around 70,000 children under the age of 15 suffer from type 1 diabetes. Another 40,000 have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and this figure is growing by five percent each year.
Challenges with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM)
Diabetes is undoubtedly one of the most challenging health problems of the 21st century.
- 80% of people with Diabetes in the world live in low and middle income countries and face the greatest burden of it.
- It is extremely difficult for the underprivileged families to bear the ongoing regular medical expenses.
- Affects the family’s economic & social status and restricts the child to lead a normal life.
- Lack of awareness among general population and believe that it affects only the middleaged group.
- Lack of medical aid and facilities leads to severe medical emergencies which is fatal for the child.
- Poorly managed Diabetes lead serious medical complications and early death