A parent-led campaign to end finger-prick testing for children with type 1 diabetes is to be officially launched this week.

The Monitors4Kids initiative, which is backed by the Manx Diabetic Group, is aiming to raise money for pain-free monitors as an alternative to the painful finger-prick blood testing over the next two years.

Its launch will take place on Thursday (July 19) at Cycle 360 in the Isle of Man Business Park.

Leading the campaign is Jo Wilkinson along with her 12-year-old daughter Danielle, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged two.

Jo said: ’The monitors mean that children don’t have to draw blood several times a day to keep track of their glucose levels.

’We sincerely hope that as the new technology develops the monitor devices will become available on the NHS. In the meantime, this campaign will help parents meet the costs of paying for the monitors.

’We want to encourage as many people as possible to join us at the campaign’s official launch and support our cause.’

The monitors, which have been approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), are placed under the skin and are swiped to get an instant blood sugar reading.

This makes it a painless experience for children with diabetes who need to test their blood ten to fifteen times a day.

The information collected by the monitor is then stored which parents can access from their mobile phones, including urgent notifications if their child has a potentially dangerous low blood sugar level.

Jo was involved in a previous campaign called Pumps4Kids, supported by Isle of Man Newspapers, which raised tens of thousands of pounds to ensure all type 1 children have access to pump technology to replace daily injections.

In a previous interview she said: ’Technology in the treatment and management of type 1 diabetes is progressing rapidly and six years ago with the help and support of the public in our Pumps4Kids campaign we managed to eradicate the waiting list for children so they have the option of insulin pump therapy compared to multiple injections per day.’

The MDA, a charity that supports those affected by both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, told the Examiner that about 45 children and 400 adults have type 1 diabetes in the island. It has donated £10,000 towards the Monitor4Kids campaign.

Those who wish to attend the official launch, which will run from 7pm to 9pm, should register on Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.com/e/monitors4kids-campaign-launch-tickets-47874517972.

Source: IoMToday