OTTAWA, ON - Liberal Health Critic, Hedy Fry, issued the following statement today on the G8 Health Ministers’ meeting on dementia:
“At the G8 Health Ministers’ meeting, dementia is on the agenda. It is a pity that Canada is one of the few G8 nations without a Dementia Strategy. This is why in our 2011 platform the Liberal Party of Canada laid out a clear, comprehensive Dementia Strategy.
“Our plan had several components:
Awareness, Education and Prevention to support families and combat social stigma of dementia.
Research with $100 million targeting new treatments and...
VANCOUVER– The Liberal Health Critic, Dr. Hedy Fry, issued the following statement today on World AIDS Day:
“We are at a defining moment in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Today, on World AIDS Day, it is time to reflect on the history of this pandemic and to assess our progress and our failures.
“We can say with some certainty that an HIV and AIDS-free generation is within our grasp. Great strides have been made in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS , and we should recognise that Canadian research and innovation has played a notable part in these important and recent advances.
“We have the expertise and capability in this country to end the HIV pandemic in our lifetime. Sadly, the current federal government has been slow to embrace or accept any Canadian scientific innovation; many individuals are consequently deprived of universal access to treatment, care and support they need.
I write to you today as World AIDS Day approaches. We are at a defining moment in the fight against HIV and AIDS: an HIV and AIDS-free generation is within our grasp. It has never before been clearer and more emphatic that the implementation of the recently World Health Organization (WHO) endorsed, scientifically-proven made-in-B.C. Treatment as Prevention (TasP) strategy is the answer.
The TasP strategy, initially proposed by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) in 2006, advocates for widespread HIV testing and facilitated early access to highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) for all HIV-infected individuals. The benefits are twofold: sustained HAART treatment decreases the amount of HIV virus in the blood and sexual fluids to undetectable levels, thus preventing morbidity and mortality, and equally as important, dramatically reducing the likelihood of HIV transmission by more than 95%.
With the unwavering support of the British Columbia government, the BC-CfE has been an exemplary case study of how far TasP can go to change the face of HIV & AIDS. Consider this, in B.C. in 1992, at the peak of the epidemic, more than 800 people per year were diagnosed with HIV and at least one person was dying every day from AIDS. Since then, the number
Yesterday, we learned from media reports that over 40,000 Canadians had their personal privacy breached when Health Canada sent non-registered letters to authorized medical marijuana users that clearly identified the individuals by name and the envelope stated it was Health Canada’s Marihuana Medical Access Program.
This is a concern, not only because their personal health information was on display for anyone to see, but it also puts their public safety at risk, given the potential for home invasions by those seeking to steal their medical marijuana. Individuals quoted in media reports state that a target has now been placed on their backs, when they are already concerned about the possibility of home invasions.
The Conservative government has claimed this was nothing more than an administrative error, however there are reports that this was a cost-saving measure to avoid the...