Ottawa, November 1, 2011, The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, today announced funding to support 37 new community-based projects under the Canadian Diabetes Strategy. The Canadian Ethnocultural Council, (CEC), is pleased to announce it that it has received funds for a two-year project on "Early Detection of Diabetes in High-Risk Immigrant Ethnic Communities".
According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate. One in four Canadians has or is at risk of having the disease and certain communities are at higher risk. The CEC's project aims to work with immigrant ethnic populations to increase and facilitate access to information, early detection and self-management on diabetes.
"By working with our partners throughout Canada, the CEC will develop a community guide and conduct community workshops with individuals working with recent immigrant populations of South Asian, South East Asian, Hispanic and African backgrounds. We want to make sure that these communities who are most at risk know and understand that type 2 diabetes can be prevented, delayed or managed, thereby improving their quality of life and reducing complications. Through this project we are creating culturally appropriate information on risk-factors and prevention strategies," said Anna Chiappa, Executive Director.
"The CEC works towards equality of access and opportunity for ethnocultural communities in Canada. Access to health care and health equity are important aspects of realizing full participation in Canadian society. By promoting inter-ethnic community collaboration, sharing knowledge and strengthening partnerships, together we can take the necessary steps in fighting the disease", said Lou Sekulovski, President.
The Canadian Ethnocultural Council is a coalition of over 30 national ethnocultural organizations. Its mandate is to promote the understanding of the multicultural reality of Canada as defined in The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and The Canadian Multiculturalism Act.