Free mobile app launched to help kids with type 1 diabetes

by Barbara Hewitt on September 9, 2014

Global healthcare firm Sanofi has launched a free gaming app in the UK aimed at helping children with type 1 diabetes and those who look after them have a better understanding of their condition.

The New Mission T1D app, for iOS, Android and PC devices, should help children, parents, carers, friends and teachers so that the needs of those affected are properly understood and appropriately supported in their daily life.

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The new app will help kids properly understand and be supported in regards to their condition

Figures show that 94.2% of infants, children and young people with diabetes do not receive all of the care processes recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), suggesting that there is more work to be done in adding to our understanding of type 1 diabetes.

‘Children with diabetes and their families face many challenges in their daily lives as they care for a very complex lifelong condition. It is essential that children, parents and carers have the knowledge and skills to manage diabetes, but they also need their friends, teachers and other people in the school environment to understand and support them to care for their diabetes effectively,’ said Dr. Sheridan Waldron, a specialist diabetes dietician.

‘Sharing information and fostering a caring environment at school will help children with diabetes to feel normal, happy and ensure that they reach their full potential in a safe environment,’ Waldron added.

The Mission T1D game by Sanofi Diabetes is described as a fun, innovative game, which takes place in a school setting and features educational messages adapted for primary school age children. It aims to support a serious message through gaming and play to encourage children with type 1 diabetes and their family, teachers and friends to learn more about how to live with diabetes.

Players make their way through a number of levels by earning points and each level provides short, practical and illustrated messages on living with type 1 diabetes at school. The game also includes a number of educational videos to reinforce key topics.

The game is designed to allow children with type 1 diabetes to share basic knowledge about diabetes within their school environment in order to dispel misconceptions. Furthermore, their peers can feel involved in helping their classmates through support and a better understanding of what it is like to live with diabetes.

The entire educational pack of game, videos and quiz, when used in a classroom setting, is also a useful toolkit for teachers, creating an understanding of diabetes that can easily be incorporated into the curriculum. The desired outcome is for children with type 1 diabetes to feel more supported and understood.

At home, parents or caregivers can also get involved by talking to their child about the app, finding out how it is being used and encouraging its use in and outside of school.

‘Type 1 diabetes is a complex and serious condition. Furthermore, when the facts about type 1 diabetes are not appreciated and understood, extra pressure is placed upon those living with it. Thankfully, technology can play a big role in broadening awareness and understanding among people of all ages,’ said Karen Addington, chief executive of leading diabetes charity JDRF.

Rebecca Reeve, head of professional relations at Sanofi Diabetes, said that the company has entered the diabetes gaming arena to improve health outcomes for children with type 1 diabetes.

‘We are committed to making a difference in the lives of children who are struggling with the challenge of managing diabetes, especially in an environment where they can easily be made to feel different. We hope that the teachers, parents and carers for whom this game was developed will make it their mission to make this game a success,’ she added.


The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the DiabetesForum.com Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.

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