Five new initiatives seek to improve prevention, screening and surveillance
OTTAWA, May 5, 2017 /CNW/ - Drinkingalcohol during pregnancy can result in a baby being born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), which includes a range of physical, mental or behavioural difficulties that last a lifetime. No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy.
The funding will also improve surveillance of FASD in Canada to better identify individuals and population groups most in need of support, help direct future prevention and diagnostic services, and improve care for those living with FASD.
There is no single solution to prevent FASD and that is why the Government of Canada is investing in education, prevention and screening, as well as partnering with internationally recognized experts, to help reduce the incidence of FASD.
Quotes"The use of alcohol during pregnancy during pregnancy can have devastating consequences. The funding announced today is an important step toward fostering a national conversation about FASD, and action in a wide range of settings, by a variety of health care providers."The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P.Minister of Health
"Alcohol is not harmless. It is a mind-altering drug and there are health risks associated with drinking, especially during pregnancy." Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
Associated LinksFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Canada – New Project Funding The Chief Public Health Officer's Report on the State of Public Health in Canada, 2015: Alcohol Consumption in Canada
SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada
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