REGINA, May 16, 2018 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is working in partnership with First Nations and Inuit communitiesto reduce the unacceptably high rates of Sexually Transmitted and Blood Borne Infections (STBBIs).
The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, today announced $37.5 million in funding over 5 years
This funding will support priority areas identified by First Nations and Inuit partners. One key priority is improved access to community-based integrated models of care in more communities. These models focus on prevention, improved detection, treatment, as well as awareness programming to reduce stigma to improve patient outcomes and reduce transmission.
Reported rates of HIV and hepatitis C infection in Indigenous communities are significantly higher than in non-Indigenous populations. However, programming like Know Your Status (KYS) in Saskatchewan for example, has proven to be very effective in increasing access to culturally grounded STBBI prevention, testing, follow up and treatment. One aim of these new investments announced today is to expand the Know Your Status services to all First Nations communities in Saskatchewan.
Indigenous Services Canada will continue to engage with First Nations and Inuit partners and organizations, health professionals and community members to identify program and service priorities.
"The primary goal of these investments is to address the disproportionally high rates of Sexually Transmitted and Blood Borne Infections affecting First Nations and Inuit. By working closely with First Nations and Inuit partners and communities, we can strengthen prevention efforts, advance diagnosis and treatment, and reduce the burden of stigma for those living with infections like HIV and hepatitis C."
The Honourable Jane Philpott, M.D., P.C., M.P.Minister of Indigenous Services
First Nations and Inuit Health
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