TORONTO, Sept. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Keeping children with diabetes safe,
healthy and fully involved in school activities is the goal of the
following initiatives being announced today by the International
Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA)
The North American launch of the global Kids and Diabetes in Schools
(KiDS) project and information pack offering resources to teachers,
children and parents
The launch of the KiDS app for iPad to help school personnel quickly
access crucial information about diabetes so they will know how to
assist students living with diabetes. This KiDS and Diabetes in Schools
app is available at the Apple app store
The release of new CDA Guidelines for the Care of Students Living with Diabetes at School and the position statement on Kids Living with Diabetes at School
Along with the challenges all students experience at school, those
living with diabetes have a daily need to balance food, medication and
physical activity. They often encounter an absence of accurate
knowledge about diabetes in their schools.
IDF and its partners, including Sanofi, developed the KiDS project to
help schools, children, and families create a safe and supportive
school environment and to raise awareness of the benefits of healthy
nutrition and exercise habits. As well as the management of type 1
diabetes in schools, the project supports the prevention of type 2
diabetes, which is on the rise among younger age groups. IDF estimates
that Canada has 1,447 new cases of type 1 diabetes in children each
year, one of the highest incidence rates in the world.
As part of the KiDS project, an information pack will be available to
teachers, parents and children along with training sessions to educate
school personnel on diabetes, the symptoms associated with high and low
blood sugar, and how to respond in case of emergency situations.
"By tackling diabetes early on in schools, the KiDS project has a unique
opportunity to influence how we perceive and manage diabetes in and
outside of school," said Dr. David Chaney, Senior Education Specialist
He continued: "We want children to feel comfortable managing their
diabetes in school, while at the same time educating their care-giving
network on the best way to deal with diabetes. This project has the
potential to make a significant positive impact."
The KiDS global project information pack for schools is available for
free in six languages at www.idf.org/education/kids. Internationally, the KiDS initiative is being piloted in India and
Brazil with education sessions underway in schools across New Delhi and
The CDA Position Statement and Guidelines will help clarify essential
roles and responsibilities for the care of students living with
diabetes among students, parents, school personnel and health-care
Rick Blickstead, CDA President and CEO, said: "Our goal is to improve
the health, safety and participation of the 33,000 elementary and high
school aged children in Canada with diabetes. A team-based approach is
needed for them. We are delighted to work with governments and school
boards to develop needed policies as well as helping school personnel,
children and parents across Canada to support these children as much as
"The guidelines and practical resources made available today will make
it easier for children with diabetes to stay safe and healthy in our
schools. It is definitely a team effort and we are happy the families
and schools now have more help available for them," said the Honourable
Dipika Damerla, Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
"Sanofi Canada is extremely pleased that the KiDS initiative, born out
of a partnership with IDF, is rolling out in Ontario," claims Martin
Arès, Vice-President, Diabetes Patient-Centered Unit, Sanofi Canada.
"It is proof that by working together, with the needs of patients at
the core of what we do, we can reach our common goal of helping people
of all ages manage the complex and growing challenges of diabetes and
dispel misconceptions around the disease."
About the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) - www.diabetes.ca
Nine million Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes and the CDA is
the registered charity that helps them live healthy lives through
education and a wide array of support services. The CDA also provides
resources to health-care professionals on the best practices to care
for people with diabetes. Further, the CDA also promotes policies to
governments to meet the needs of people with diabetes and funds
Canadian research on better treatments and to find a cure.
International Diabetes Federation (IDF) - www.idf.org
The IDF is an umbrella organisation of more than 230 national diabetes
associations in more than 170 countries. It represents the interests of
the growing number of people with diabetes and those at risk. IDF has
been leading the global diabetes community since 1950. Its mission is
to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.
About Sanofi - www.sanofi.ca
Sanofi, a global healthcare leader, discovers, develops and distributes
therapeutic solutions focused on patients' needs. Sanofi has core
strengths in the field of healthcare with seven growth platforms:
diabetes solutions, human vaccines, innovative drugs, consumer
healthcare, emerging markets, animal health and the rare diseases.
Sanofi companies employ 1,700 people in Canada and in 2013 they
invested $129 million in Canadian R&D.
SOURCE: Canadian Diabetes Association
For further information:
Senior Manager, Strategic Communication, CDA
For more information on the global KiDS project contact:
PR Coordinator, IDF
Tel.: +32 496 12 94 70