Canadian paediatricians join international efforts to eradicate poverty



    OTTAWA, Oct. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Paediatric Society is part of
a global effort spearheaded by the Council of Science Editors to raise
awareness, understanding and further research on poverty throughout the world.
Paediatrics & Child Health, the CPS journal, is one of 233 peer reviewed
publications publishing papers on the topic this month.
    The October issue of Paediatrics & Child Health examines poverty from a
Canadian perspective. Exploring issues such as poverty during pregnancy, its
relation to obesity and its impact on educational outcomes for children, the
journal examines what paediatricians, family physicians and other child health
professionals can do to break the cycle.
    "This issue of Paediatrics & Child Health, and the simultaneous focus on
poverty by over 200 international journals, is a wake-up call to all of us in
the health care profession, and provides us with basic facts and tools to
combat child poverty," said guest editors Dr. Harvey Guyda and Dr. Robin
Williams.
    One in six Canadian children lives in poverty, and the numbers are even
higher in Aboriginal communities (one in four). Poverty is a risk factor for
most negative health outcomes, including infant mortality, asthma, obesity,
functional disabilities, poor literacy, poor school readiness, and behavioural
and mental health difficulties.
    Canada is trailing behind other developed countries when it comes to
reducing childhood poverty - it currently ranks 19th out of 26 OECD countries
in terms of the percentage of children living in relative poverty. There is
also significant variability, not only across provinces, but within certain
communities, all pointing toward a need to intensify Canada's efforts.
    "We hope to encourage the collective efforts of our voices for the
development of a realistic national strategy that will truly make Canada a
country fit for all of our children, no matter who they are, or where they
live," said Dr. Williams, Medical Officer of Health in the Niagara Region and
Dr. Guyda, Head of Paediatrics at the Montreal Children's Hospital.
    The special issue of the journal aims to develop an understanding of the
reality of childhood poverty in Canada, including incidence, demographics, and
health and social impacts. It includes an article by National Chief Phil
Fontaine of the Assembly of First Nations, and an interview with child and
youth advocate Andrée Ruffo.

    The Canadian Paediatric Society is a national advocacy association that
promotes the health needs of children and youth. Founded in 1922, the CPS
represents more than 2,500 paediatricians, paediatric subspecialists and other
child health professionals across Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Media inquiries: Olivia Craft, Canadian
Paediatric Society, (613) 526-9397, ext. 234; Jennifer Lefebvre, Canadian
Paediatric Society, (613) 526-9397, ext. 247, (613) 850-4868 (cell); The
current issue of Paediatrics & Child Health can be accessed at:
http://www.pulsus.com/journals/toc.jsp?sCurrPg=journal&jnlKy=5&fold=Current%20Issue.
For more information on the international event, visit
http://www.fic.nih.gov/news/events/cse.htm.

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