Kids and Diabetes in Schools (KiDS)

Partnership objective

Sanofi co-created the Kids and Diabetes in School (KiDS) project with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) to:

  • support children with type 1 diabetes manage their disease and avoid discrimination in a school setting;
  • raise awareness of the benefits of healthy diets and physical activity among school children. 

The KiDS project is an educational program around the Global ‘KiDS’ Toolkit, which is primarily targeted at teachers, school nurses and other staff, school children (6-14 years old) and their parents. 

Our ultimate aim is to achieve sustainable change in those countries and we are working closely with our partners and policy-makers to introduce education around diabetes and healthy habits in the national teachers’ curriculum.

KiDS aims to achieve government  support for systemic change for  children with diabetes in schools KiDS aims to achieve government support for systemic change for children with diabetes in schools Copyright International Diabetes Federation

What are the health needs and challenges?

According to the WHO, over the last three decades, the number of people around the world diagnosed with diabetes has tripled, with Diabetes prevalence rising more rapidly in middle- and low-income countries.

The number of people with type 1 diabetes is increasing around the world and it is currently estimated that around every 6 minutes a young person finds out they have type 1 diabetes.

In addition, although highly prevalent in people aged over 50 years old, the number of cases of type 2 diabetes reported in children and adolescents has increased.

Schools play an important role in protecting the rights of school children with diabetes; however, for many of these children evidence has highlighted that a lack of knowledge within schools around diabetes can lead to poor support, isolation, stigma and discrimination. Equally, education of teachers, children and their parents of the importance a healthy lifestyle can help prevent young people from developing type 2 diabetes.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

In 2010 the Diabetes at School in Turkey program was developed as a joint protocol initiated by the Turkish Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Association in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health. The objectives of the program were to target school communities across Turkey in order to raise awareness about type 1 diabetes, provide better diabetes pediatric care, and improve nutritional standards and eating habits for school children in order to prevent obesity. 

Learning from this experience, Sanofi co-created the KiDS and Diabetes in School (KiDS) project with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) to raise awareness of diabetes among school children and foster a safe and supportive school environment to support children with this condition, more specifically

  • For children with type 1: it aims to encourage a safe and supportive school environment for children with diabetes to manage their condition and avoid discrimination;
  • For all children: it aims to raise awareness of diabetes and the benefits of healthy diets and physical activities among school-age children.

As partners, we have co-created a KiDS toolkit that is currently available in 9 languages and progressively rolled out through educational sessions in schools.

Summary of impact and forward looking information

KiDS has reached 45,000 children and 4,800 teachers to date in India, Brazil. Trainings are currently running in Pakistan and UAE.

Measurement of progress towards objectives 

Estimated amount of people impacted: 45,000 children and 4,800 teachers

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IDF Kids and Diabetes in School Project (KiDS)

Partnership information

Company(ies) Sanofi

Partner(s) International Diabetes Federation (IDF), International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD)

Type of Partner(s) NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Non-Communicable Diseases, Women and Children's Health

Disease(s) Children's Health, Diabetes

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - mHealth, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

Targeted Population(s) Children

Region(s) Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East & North Africa, South Asia, World

Number of Countries 5

Country(ies) Brazil, India, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Worldwide

Start Date 2013

More information Kids and IDF

Anticipated completion date Ongoing

« 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. »

Antonio Tataranni - Head, Medical Affairs - Diabetes and Cardiovascular Business Unit – Sanofi