Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Canada is increasing
July 26, 2019
Global Korean Post
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Government of Canada’s FASD Initiative.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a significant lifelong developmental disability affecting many Canadians.
FASD is a diagnostic term used to describe impacts on the brain and body of individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol.
Individuals with FASD experience some degree of challenges in their daily lives, and need support with motor skills, physical health, learning, memory, attention, emotional regulation and social skills to reach their full potential. Each individual with FASD is unique and has both strengths and challenges.
On July 24, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, announced more than $1.8 million in funding over four years to support new projects focused on increasing public awareness and understanding of FASD, and the risks of prenatal alcohol exposure.
These projects are being funded under the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)’s Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder National Strategic Projects Fund. The Fund aims to prevent FASD and to improve the outcomes for those affected by FASD through the development of knowledge, tools and resources.
Over the past 20 years, the Government of Canada has invested more than $27 million in projects across the country to support individuals living with FASD, their families and caregivers. This funding also assists health care and service providers in preventing prenatal alcohol use, and recognizing, diagnosing and treating individuals living with FASD.
“By investing in projects that raise awareness and understanding about FASD in Canada, Canadians will have better access to information about the risks of prenatal alcohol use and additional resources that can help prevent this disorder. I am proud to support these projects to help reduce the prevalence of FASD in Canada.” said Ginette Petitpas Taylor Minister of Health.
There is no known safe amount of alcohol to consume during pregnancy. Canada’s Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines recommend that if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, the safest choice is to drink no alcohol at all.