Innovation Fund for Improved Diabetes Care
FREDERICTON, New Brunswick (June 5, 2012) – The Government of New Brunswick has recently announced further support of its Comprehensive Diabetes Strategy 2011-2015 with the creation of an Innovation Fund.
Regional health authorities, physicians, non-government and community organizations that have an interest in improving the lives of people who live with diabetes, or those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, can make an application for project support.
“We are pleased to see the government’s continued commitment to diabetes care and the encouragement of getting community groups involved in the fight against diabetes,” says Lisa Matte, Regional Director for the Maritimes, Canadian Diabetes Association. “Many groups and individuals have a stake in improving the lives of New Brunswickers living with diabetes and this is an opportunity to bring ideas to action.”
Those interested in learning more about the Innovation Fund can visit: http://www.gnb.ca/0053/phc/diabetes_innovation-e.asp
It is estimated that in New Brunswick, there are currently 67,000 people diagnosed with diabetes (8.8 per cent of the population), and this will rise to 100,000 (12.7 per cent of the population) by 2020. This challenge becomes magnified when we consider that the rate of those with undiagnosed diabetes in New Brunswick has been estimated to be as high as 30 per cent.
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