JDRF applauds the Government of Canada for its commitment to Canadians living with diabetes
TORONTO (November 1, 2011) – As a member of the Diabetes Partnership developed as a result of the Canadian Diabetes Strategy (CDS), JDRF applauds the Government of Canada’s announcement of funding for 37 new community-based projects to support Canadians who live with diabetes and its complications. The projects focus on screening, early detection and management of diabetes and preventing secondary complications such as hypertension, heart disease and stroke.
“We welcome the Minister of Health’s announcement which will help ease the burden of diabetes on Canadian families,” said Andrew McKee, President and CEO of JDRF. “We look forward to continuing to work with the Government of Canada as we move forward in our mission to find a cure for diabetes and its complications.”
Affecting 300,000 Canadians, type 1 diabetes can occur at any age, leaving children and adults dependent on injected or pumped insulin for life.1,2 The number of people living with type 1 diabetes is increasing by three to five per cent annually - the greatest rise being in children aged five to nine years.3
“Diabetes continues to have an impact on millions of Canadians and their families,” says McKee. “Through steps such as these announced today, we are making real progress in improving the lives of those living with type 1 diabetes.”
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF is to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal. Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.5 billion to T1D research. Past JDRF research efforts have helped to significantly improve the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered.
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National Director, Government Relations
1 JDRF. Type 1 Fact Sheet accessed March 2011.
2 JDRF. What is Diabetes? accessed March 2011.
3 JDRF , Warning Signs, accessed March 2011.