KiDS project improves school environment for children with diabetes

December 3: Schools across São Paulo and New Delhi are now more health-conscious and supportive of children with diabetes as a result of education on the condition. These are the exciting findings presented today at the World Diabetes Congress in Vancouver from pilot studies of the Kids and Diabetes in Schools (KiDS) project. 

KiDS is an educational program – primarily developed for teachers, school staff, 6-14 year old students and parents – that aims to foster a safe and supportive school environment that creates a better understanding of diabetes and supports children with this condition. It also provides information about how type 2 diabetes can be prevented by making effective lifestyle choices.

The KiDS program was co-created by Sanofi Diabetes in collaboration with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD), and its local partners the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the Associação de Diabetes Juvenil of Brazil (ADJ) for the first implementation.

KiDS educates students and teachers alike

Across 30 schools in the two pilot countries, almost 1,400 school staff and almost 38,000 students were trained using the KiDS information pack over a 6 month period.

As part of the education sessions, students were encouraged to discuss diabetes, its management and risk factors as part of school life, and many teachers reported that this has encouraged children to be more aware of the condition and to show consideration towards children who may have diabetes.  

The program involved the creation of school medical rooms with accessibility to blood sugar monitors for children with diabetes. There was also an increased focus on physical activity in both countries, including the introduction of yoga classes in some schools in India. 

“We are delighted that initial findings of the KiDS pilots report success in making school a safer, more educated and more understanding environment for children with type 1 diabetes,” commented Pierre Chancel, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Diabetes at Sanofi. “Sanofi is committed to sustainable solutions that improve the lives of people with diabetes everywhere – children included. We believe that initiatives such as KiDS are also essential for promoting healthy living at an early age, potentially helping in the prevention of type 2 diabetes.”

KiDS pilots results demonstrate improved dietary outcomes

The pilots report an overall improvement in meal quality and access to healthy food choices, with some schools also taking steps to prohibit the consumption of junk food.

The pilot in São Paulo also found that anxiety levels of both parents of children with diabetes and teachers decreased, with emergency calls to parents becoming less frequent, and levels of confidence in the school environment increasing. 

Teachers from the New Delhi schools participating in the pilot reported an increase in their own attention and empathy to the needs of students with diabetes. The children also became more diet conscious, less likely to drink soda and more interested in physical activity. 

Project partners call on governments to improve schools’ diabetes care plans

Following the positive outcomes of the project, KiDS project partners have launched a campaign calling governments in India and Brazil to ensure that every child with diabetes has an individual healthcare plan at school, and that education is provided around healthy living and prevention of type 2 diabetes through continuous school trainings involving the KiDS pack.

“The KiDS results underline that diabetes education in schools can be a catalyst for creating healthier school environments and more open mindsets,” said Dr. David Cavan, Director of Policy and Programs, IDF. “Now, by working together with governments, we can extend the reach of the KiDS project and work to help many more children with diabetes to reach their full potential.” 

Diabetes in children is increasing worldwide. According to the IDF’s 2015 Diabetes Atlas, India and Brazil respectively have the second and fourth highest number of diabetes cases in the world with 69.2 million and 14.3 million respectively. Unfortunately, many of the children with diabetes in these countries do not have access to education around diabetes management, resulting in the development of life-threatening diabetes complications.

The KiDS project

The findings of the KiDS project underscore the need for schools to have guidelines for management and prevention of diabetes in children. The KiDS project was one of the few/only programs with a specific focus on diabetes management and was widely appreciated in India and Brazil by teachers, parents of children with diabetes and by children themselves. The project has created a demand for the intervention to be sustained and scaled up. As a result of the positive outcomes of the pilots, launch in other countries is planned for next year. The KiDS information pack is available in 9 languages free of charge on the IDF website (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Greek, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish) incl. quizzes and a game to assess diabetes knowledge. It was also developed for Android and an IOS version for iPhone and iPad.

To visit the KiDS website and to download the KiDS information packs in Arabic, Chinese, French, Greek, Russian, Spanish, Hindi, English and Portuguese go to www.idf.org/education/kids 

To view the KIDS microsite and KiDS advocacy toolkit please click here: www.kids.idf.org.

To watch the video of Dr. Bachani, Deputy Commissioner of India, calling for diabetes and education in schools, please click http://www.epresspack.net/sanofi-diabetes-global-health/news/1581.

To visit the Global Health ePressPack, watch the KiDS video and for further information please go to: http://www.epresspack.net/sanofi-diabetes-global-health/

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About International Diabetes Federation (IDF) – www.idf.org 
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organisation of over 200 national diabetes associations in over 160 countries. It represents the interests of the growing number of people with diabetes and those at risk. The Federation has been leading the global diabetes community since 1950. IDF’s mission is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.   

About the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) – www.phfi.org 
The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is committed to working towards a healthier India. PHFI is helping to build public health institutional capacity in India, through interdisciplinary and health system connected education and training, policy and programme relevant research, evidence based & equity promoting policy development, people empowering health communication & advocacy for prioritised health causes. Established in 2006 as a public private initiative, PHFI is an independent foundation headquartered in New Delhi and its constituent Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPH) set up by PHFI have a presence in Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh), Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), Gandhinagar (Gujarat) and Bhubaneswar (Odisha). The Foundation is managed by an empowered governing board comprising senior government officials, eminent Indian and international academic and scientific leaders, civil society representatives and corporate leaders. PHFI’s school partner HRIDAY has a network of 300 schools in Delhi and 500 schools in India.

About Associação de Diabetes Juvenil of Brazil (ADJ)
The Associação de Diabetes Juvenil of Brazil (ADJ) is a non-governmental and non-profit entity, legally registered in the Civil Registry of Legal Entities under number 32.791/80 (Book A), founded on March 10, 1980 by a group of parents of children with diabetes. The parents were aware that education was the only way to achieve a better quality of life for their children. The objective of ADJ is to raise awareness and educate people with diabetes, family, health professionals and the general population. The Associação de Diabetes Juvenil of Brazil (ADJ) is affiliated with the International Diabetes Federation since 1999.

About Sanofi Diabetes
Sanofi strives to help people manage the complex challenge of diabetes by delivering innovative, integrated and personalized solutions. Driven by valuable insights that come from listening to and engaging with people living with diabetes, the Company is forming partnerships to offer diagnostics, therapies, services, and devices including blood glucose monitoring systems. Sanofi markets injectable, inhaled and oral medications for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

About Sanofi – http://en.sanofi.com/ 
Sanofi, an integrated 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 Genzyme. Sanofi is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).

About the World Diabetes Congress 2015 (WDC 2015) – www.wdc2015.org 
The World Diabetes Congress 2015 (WDC) is organised by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in partnership with the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA). The congress will take place in Vancouver, Canada, from 30 November to 4 December 2015 and will attract approximately 8,000 delegates and more than 300 high-level speakers. In the home-country of Frederick Banting, co-discoverer of insulin, experts in diabetes care from around the world will exchange diabetes research and best practices.

More information on Sanofi Diabetes Global Health initiatives can be found here: 
http://www.epresspack.net/sanofi-diabetes-global-health