Conservatives commit $10 million in initial funding for first-ever action plan on lung health



    Lung Association lauds demonstration of leadership on priority health
    issue, urges other national parties to commit to funding action plan on
    lung health

    OTTAWA, Oct. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The Lung Association today congratulated
the Conservative Party of Canada for being the first federal party to publicly
pledge funding towards Canada's first national action plan on lung health -
the National Lung Health Framework.
    "Today's announcement by Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is great news
for the millions of Canadians who suffer from respiratory diseases," said Nora
Sobolov, President and CEO of The Lung Association, "We have been urging all
parties, throughout this election, to publicly commit to implementing a
national action plan on lung health for Canadians that will achieve real
results and today we are gratified by the leadership role demonstrated by the
Conservative Party."
    Following through on their platform commitment to invest in creative
measures to improve the lung health of Canadians, the Conservatives have
pledged - if re-elected - to make an initial investment of $10 million towards
implementing the National Lung Health Framework.
    The National Lung Health Framework is an ambitious plan that will work to
lower rates of lung disease in Canada. It will improve the respiratory health
of all people living in Canada through collaborative and equitable patient
care, policy, programming, research and leadership. It is an action plan that
recognizes the key link between the environment and lung health, and that will
take steps to address both indoor and outdoor air quality issues. It should be
noted that the National Lung Health Framework is the first health strategy in
the world that tackles both environment and health and is the result of
collaboration among dozens of organizations and hundreds of volunteers
dedicated to reducing the burden of lung disease in Canada.
    The Framework is the optimal approach - and model - to addressing chronic
disease prevention, treatment and management. It is the right approach to
health promotion and one that will have a lasting impact on the health of
Canadians and all people living in Canada.
    While The Lung Association was pleased by questionnaire responses of the
Liberal Party, in which they committed to work towards the objectives and
implementation of the Framework, as well as the responses of the New
Democratic Party and Green Party which both pledged in principle to fund the
Framework, the Association is urging these three national parties to publicly
commit to investing in a plan that will improve lung health in Canada. Without
action, Canadian children and families will see higher rates of asthma, more
Canadians suffering with COPD and lung cancer, increased hospitalizations,
loss of clinical and medical capacity as well as research capacity.

    Once fully implemented, the National Lung Health Framework will:

    
    - Position Canada as a global health leader: it is the first-ever health
      strategy in the world that tackles environment and health;
    - Lay out a clear plan for chronic disease prevention, management and
      treatment - the Framework is a model in alignment with the World Health
      Organization's approach to chronic disease prevention, management and
      treatment(1);
    - Make Canadians a partner in their own health care and management
      through education, awareness programs and other initiatives;
    - Result in reduced health care costs, improved access to care, lower
      wait times and hospitalizations;
    - Lower rates of lung disease among First Nations, Inuit and Métis
      communities through partnership and collaboration, and make real
      progress in addressing health disparities among these communities;
    - Build lasting partnerships among key stakeholders, including
      provincial/territorial governments, patients, health experts,
      scientists, clinicians, environmentalists, and industry, to improve
      respiratory health.

    For information on the National Lung Health Framework, please visit
www.lung.ca/framework.

    Established in 1900, The Lung Association is one of Canada's oldest and
most respected health charities, and the leading national organization for
science-based information, research, education, support programs and advocacy
on lung heath issues.

    A backgrounder on the National Lung Health Framework accompanies this news
release.
    <a href="http://files.newswire.ca/755/NLHF_Backgrounder.doc">http://files.newswire.ca/755/NLHF_Backgrounder.doc</a>

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    (1) The WHO has a four pillar approach to chronic disease prevention,
        management and treatment around the following disease groups:
        respiratory, cancer, diabetes and heart. The Lung Health Framework
        positions Canada within this model.
    




For further information:

For further information: Media representatives: Cameron Bishop, Director
of Government Affairs and Media Relations, The Lung Association, (613)
569-6411, ext, 223

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