Type 1 diabetes among children and adolescents are on rise. It is reported that 10 to 15 children per 1,00,000 under the age of 15 years develop Type 1 diabetes every year.
Most of these children depend on insulin for survival and require insulin injections to keep their blood sugar level under control. RSSDI aims to control the fluctuating blood sugar levels by distributing free insulin.
Dr S.V. Madhu, President of RSSDI, said, "We recognized that the number of children who depended on insulin for diabetes management is also vast. But the bigger problem that we noticed was that insulin was inaccessible to many children particularly due to its cost, which makes it unaffordable. Also, many states in the country do not provide free insulin putting children at more risks."
Children of states where government agencies are not able to provide free insulin will be benefited with this initiative. The decision was taken in a two-day national executive meet recently.
RSSDI will set up a national registry for identification of diabetic children who are deprived of insulin so that all those who are in need could benefit from its initiative.
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