MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 20, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Minister of
Health Leona Aglukkaq, Eve Adams, Member of Parliament for Mississauga
- Brampton South, today announced support for a community-based project
to help engage and support those living with HIV and AIDS in the Peel
"This project will improve access to care, treatment and support
services for people living with or affected by HIV and AIDS in this
region," said MP Adams. "Our government is pleased to be working with
the Peel HIV/AIDS Network on a project that is bringing us one step
closer in our fight against this disease."
The Peel HIV/AIDS Network is a community-based AIDS service organization
that has been working with governments and other health-care providers
for close to 20 years to serve the needs of those living with HIV and
AIDS and to limit the spread of the virus through support, education
and volunteerism. The project, "Empowerment and Transformation of
People Living With and Affected by HIV/AIDS in the Region of Peel,"
will create diverse skill-development training and mentorship programs
aimed at engaging and empowering those affected by this disease.
"By delivering health promotion, HIV prevention, awareness and education
workshops, this funding will help build knowledge and further enhance
the engagement of people living with HIV and AIDS," said Syed Raza,
Board Chair, Peel HIV/AIDS Network.
This investment is part of the more than $72 million that the Government
of Canada is currently investing, through the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada. A large portion of these funds assist community-based projects like this
one in helping to:
prevent the acquisition and transmission of new infections;
slow the progression of the disease and improve quality of life; and
reduce the social and economic impact of HIV/AIDS.
Fact Sheet: Peel HIV/AIDS Network [see below]
Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/aids-sida/fi-if/index-eng.php
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FACT SHEET April 2012
BUILDING AWARENESS AND KNOWLEDGE OF HIV AND AIDS IN THE PEEL REGION
As of 2008, an estimated 65,000 people were living with HIV in Canada.
An estimated one-quarter of these individuals were not aware that they
were infected which presents a challenge for prevention efforts.
The Government of Canada is supporting a community-based organization
that works to improve the lives of those living with or affected by HIV
and AIDS in the Peel region.
The "Empowerment and Transformation of People Living With and Affected
by HIV/AIDS in the Region of Peel" project is being funded by the
Public Health Agency of Canada ($166,112 over two years) and carried
out by the Peel HIV/AIDS Network.
This project will increase access to HIV/AIDS care, treatment and
support services and aims to build knowledge and increase the
engagement of people living with HIV and AIDS in the region by
providing skills development and peer-based training and learning.
The project will be led by the Peel HIV/AIDS Network, whose mission is
to serve diverse people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and to
limit the spread of the virus through support, education, advocacy and
Project activities will include designing and implementing a structured
mentorship program for people living with HIV/AIDS and providing
training and a series of skill building workshops on various HIV/AIDS
related topics such as service access barriers and stigma,
ethno-cultural challenges, health promotion and treatment information.
About the Government of Canada's Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS
The Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada is a partnership of four federal departments and agencies: the Public
Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada, the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research and Correctional Service of Canada. Through this
initiative, the Government of Canada collaborates with provincial and
territorial governments, non-governmental organizations, researchers,
health care professionals, and people living with, and vulnerable to,
HIV/AIDS to prevent its spread, slow its progression, and improve the
quality of life of people living with the disease.
The Government of Canada is currently investing over $72 million to
support programs under this initiative. A large portion of these funds
assist community-based projects across Canada in making a meaniÉgalement disponible en françaisngful difference in the lives of people at risk for and living with
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SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Federal Minister of Health
Public Health Agency of Canada