Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, SOAHAC and sanofi-aventis Canada
propose novel solution to chronic disease challenge
MUNSEE, ON and LAVAL, QC, May 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Southwest Ontario
Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC), the Chippewas of the Thames
First Nation and sanofi-aventis Canada are proud to announce today
their partnership for the establishment of a four-season community
greenhouse adjacent to the SOAHAC medical clinic of Munsee, Ontario.
The greenhouse will become an intergenerational community centre that
will facilitate diabetes education, the promotion of healthy eating and
lifestyle changes to encourage First Nations to better self-manage
"We are excited to partner with sanofi-aventis on this very important
initiative," adds Brian Dokis, Executive Director, SOAHAC. "In a recent
Food Choice Study conducted by SOAHAC and the University of Western
Ontario, one of the recommendations was the establishment of a
community garden to address income and place-based food challenges.
We're pleased to see this recommendation become a reality in southern
Ontario. Our joint partnership with the Chippewas of the Thames First
Nation and sanofi-aventis represents an important milestone in our
fight against diabetes."
While diabetes is three to five times more prevalent among First
Nations, most cases are preventable Type 2, and medication compliance
within their communities is only 25 per cent. Against this backdrop,
the three partners see clear opportunities to work jointly towards
improved health outcomes.
"Sanofi-aventis' goal is to find solutions to the gaps in patient care
that exist in our health system. This project does exactly that. Our
company has donated $123,000 to finance construction and supplies for
this project along with the sharing of our knowledge," says Hugh
O'Neill, President and CEO, sanofi-aventis Canada. "We're hopeful our
investment can contribute to the reduction of health disparities
amongst First Nations by supporting better disease management and
realizing better health outcomes."
"The greenhouse will serve three First Nations communities (Chippewas,
Oneida and Munsee), providing healthy food and medicinal herbs," says
Joe Miskokomon, Chief of the Chippewas of the Thames. "It will unite
both young and old in the community to learn about nutrition and
healthy living. Given the epidemic of diabetes among our First Nations
today, a project like this is critical to better diabetes management
and the future of our community."
The Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) strives
to provide quality, holistic health services by sharing and promoting
traditional and western health practices to enable people to live in a
more balanced state of well-being. The Centre services on and off
reserve, status, non-status, and Métis Aboriginal populations of the
Southwest Ontario region and associate First Nations with the mandate
of ensuring that health services are accessible, of high quality and
About sanofi-aventis Canada
Sanofi-aventis, a leading global pharmaceutical company, discovers,
develops and distributes therapeutic solutions to improve the lives of
Sanofi-aventis is represented in Canada by the pharmaceutical company
sanofi-aventis Canada Inc., based in Laval, Quebec, and by the vaccines
company Sanofi Pasteur Limited, based in Toronto, Ontario. Together
they employ more than 2,000 people across the country. With combined
R&D investments of $159.2 million in 2010, they are leaders in Canada's
biopharmaceutical sector, a critical knowledge-based industry that
generates jobs, business and opportunity throughout the country.
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