Support for Children Living With Type1 Diabetes

With an estimated 100,000 children living with diabetes in North America and the Caribbean, 1000 being treated in Jamaica and 50 in the southern region, the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) is moving to strengthen the support for these children and their families.

Diabetes 1Photographed are members of the panel who provided information about children living with Type 1 diabetes at a forum held under the theme ‘Children and Diabetes: A Holistic Approach’. The forum was hosted by the Jamaican Association of Professionals in Nutrition and Dietetics/Ministry of Health Dietetic/Nutrition Interns in collaboration with the SRHA on Thursday, October 4 at the Cecil Charlton Hall in Mandeville, Manchester, in order to heighten the awareness of the holistic management of children living with the disease.

The group notes that it will strengthen the present support systems for children living with diabetes in the respective communities, churches,

homes and schools; assist with the development of new diabetes support groups; identify and address the gaps in the management of these children and update the registry of children living with the disease.

Parents with children living with Type 1 diabetes can also access support from the Diabetes Association of Jamaica through its Life for a Child programme.

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