Select Delhi schools will be among the first in the country to receive training on how to educate teachers, students and parents on diabetes.

The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth (HRIDAY), International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Sanofi India Limited on Wednesday announced the roll-out of the KiDS (Kids and Diabetes in Schools) ‘School Diabetes Information Pack’ designed for public and private schools in Delhi. It was released in the presence of senior government officials. The KiDS initiative launched in India last September is a school-based intervention that aims to counteract diabetes-related discrimination and foster a supportive learning environment in schools about both types of diabetes.

“Fifteen schools will receive training sessions and information packs on managing diabetes from experts in healthcare, public health and health promotion from HRIDAY and PHFI,” noted a release.

The pack suggests interesting extra-curricular activities to engage children on the issue. HRIDAY, the partner NGO implementing KiDS training programmes in schools, estimates that education sessions and information about diabetes will reach approximately 3 lakh students, teachers and families by the year-end. “As part of Project KiDS, our school has collaborated with HRIDAY to sensitise teachers about taking care of children with diabetes, as well as to motivate children to adopt healthy lifestyles. The project is an excellent opportunity to empower teachers to reach out to parents and seek their cooperation – both in terms of caring for people with type 1 diabetes and for making efforts to prevent children from developing type 2 diabetes later in life,” said Madhulika Sen, principal, Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar.

A ‘diabetes in schools’ app available in Hindi and English and featuring interactive elements of the pack will also be available later in the year. The KiDS global project information pack for schools is available for download from the IDF