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Kids and Diabetes in Schools (KiDS)

Fostering safe and supportive school environments for children with type 1 diabetes to manage their condition and avoid discrimination, while raising awareness of diabetes and the benefits of healthy diets and physical activities among all school-age children.
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Government 6
Local NGOs 12
Private Foundation or Development Organization 1
Professional and Trade Associations 4
Academia or research institute 1
Global NGOs 1
Objectives
  • To foster a safe and supportive school environment for children with type 1 diabetes to manage their condition and avoid discrimination.
  • To raise awareness of diabetes and the benefits of healthy diets and physical activities among all school-age children.

The KiDS project is an educational program co-created by Sanofi with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), in collaboration with the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD), Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Sociedade Brasileira de diabetes (SBD) and Associação de Diabetes Juvenil of Brazil (ADJ), to fight diabetes. The program was piloted in India and Brazil and is currently being expanded in various countries across the world.

The program is targeted primarily at teachers, school nurses and school staff, school students (6-14 years old) and parents, but it is also targeted at policy makers and governmental officials.

The KiDS project involves a Global ‘Diabetes in Schools’ Toolkit to roll out the project in countries interested. The Toolkit was culturally and contextually adapted, pre-tested and tailored for use by the targeted audience. It is divided in four sections dedicated to each audience, i.e. teachers, school nurses and school staff, school students (6 to 14 years old) and parents (including parents of a child with diabetes). It is available in 20 languages free of charge on the KiDS website. It was also developed for Android and an IOS version for iPad.

An educational material on nutrition was developed as a complementary resource to the existing toolkit. The material was created to raise awareness and inform on the important role of nutrition in the management and prevention of diabetes, as well as a healthy and balanced lifestyle from a young age. It is targeted to teachers, parents of children with diabetes, as well as parents and children.

The KiDS project also involves awareness meetings and activities in schools, with key stakeholders including school authorities, NGOs, nurses, teachers, parents and children.
The ultimate goal is to support policy change in the management of type 1 diabetes and healthy habits at schools by introducing training for teachers and school staffs on diabetes in the national curriculum. Therefore, an advocacy toolkit available in English, French and Spanish was recently developed.

For further information, the program is presented on the International Diabetes Federation KiDS website: https://kids.idf.org/

Results and milestones

By the end of 2021, it is estimated that trainings allowed to reach more than 340,000 children, 19,800 teachers and other school staff and more than 15,000 parents in over 2,100 schools in Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, India, Japan, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, United Arab Emirates.

Geographic Reach
  • Global Commitment
  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Eastern Mediterranean
  • Europe
  • South-East Asia
  • Western Pacific
Disease Area
  • Non-communicable diseases
See Disease Areas
Target Population
  • Youth
Partner organizations
Government

Ministry of Health Algeria

Ministry of Education UAE

Ministry of Health UAE

Education Department of the State of Goa

Health Department of the State of Goa

Ministry of Public Health Qatar

Local NGOs

National Education Foundation Pakistan

Spanish society of pediatric endocrinology

Yo Tambien Vivo Con Diabetes Colombia

Associação de Diabetes Juvenil of Brazil (ADJ)

Diabetes Association of Pakistan

Egyptian Association for Comprehensive Development (EACD)

Japan Association for Diabetes Education and Care (JADEC)

One Drop Attention Foundation (Hungary)

Sociedade Brasileira de diabetes (SBD)

Foundation of the Spanish society of Diabetes

Spanish Federation of Diabetes

Spanish Society of Diabetes

Private Foundation or Development Organization

Public Health Foundation of India

Professional and Trade Associations

Egyptian Society of Pediatric Endocrinology (ESPED)

Hungarian Diabetes Association

International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD)

Argentina Society of Diabetes

Academia or research institute

University of Rzeszów (Poland)

Global NGOs

International Diabetes Federation (IDF)

Additional resources

KiDS project in Poland won the 2018 prevention and awareness Health Collaboration Award organized by the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA).