Efforts for children with diabetes around the world
Johnny Ludvigsson, professor of paediatrics at LiU, has been commissioned to lead the work of IDF, the International Diabetes Federation, for children and youth.
The International Diabetes Foundation, which has its headquarters in Brussels, has operations in 160 countries. The work is carried out in a number of departments – called ‘task forces’ – and Ludvigsson will now become the head of a new department aimed at treatment and prevention of diabetes in children and youth.
The assignment, which is non-profit, will last until December 31, 2012.
“The goal, primarily, should be to reduce fatalities from diabetes in children and youth. I believe, first of all, that efforts should be concentrated in certain areas like sub-Saharan Africa, India, and perhaps Latin America,” Ludvigsson says.
His first step will be to appoint a working group with representatives from every corner of the globe, primarily child diabetologists. He also wants to establish contact with organisations that work to produce insulin in countries where it is lacking.
Every year, at least 100,000 children around the world are estimated to fall ill with diabetes. Most of them die from the lack of diagnosis or treatment.
Last updated: 2010-11-23