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Edward Mills of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/Aids comments on HIV treatment in Rwanda

HIV prevalence in Rwanda is 2.9 per cent of the adult population.

Rwanda is the first country globally to achieve the universal coverage of HIV treatment under the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines of 2009.

The achievement of universal HIV coverage has since resulted in more than half of HIV diagnoses and annual incidence falling by 90 per cent.

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For-Profit Clinic Lawsuit May Transform Health Care

Photo by Kristian Secher

A court case scheduled to start in September in British Columbia could have severe consequences for public health care in Canada, warn those speaking on behalf of two interveners in the case.

“It's hard to overstate the importance of this court case,” said Vanessa Brcic, a family doctor in Vancouver who is on the board of Canadian Doctors for Medicare, speaking at a late March public forum at the University of Victoria.

Portland Hotel Society board hires former City of Vancouver finance director Ken Bayne

The former director of finance, planning and treasury for the City of Vancouver has been hired by the new board of directors of the Portland Hotel Society, likely as part of the management team.

Ken Bayne confirmed April 14 that he’d been hired by the new board, but added he could not at that time confirm exactly what his new position will be.

BC Informed Dining adds nutritional value to menus

Starbucks, McDonald's and Tim Hortons are joining restaurant chains in providing nutritional information on their menu items. 

The province announced Wednesday it is expanding its 'Informed Dining' program to 19 national restaurant chains. The program provides sodium content and caloric data on menu choices and will now be featured in 2,000 restaurant outlets in B.C.

When the program first launched in 2012, it was only adopted by 300 outlets. 

CBC News Reports

Informed Dining program continues to expand in BC

St. Paul’s Hospital dietitian, Tanya Leung, was interviewed about the Informed Dining program as part of a segment on BC1’s Unfiltered. This video is not yet available online but will be posted when it is available.

The “Informed Dining” program developed here in B.C. continues to expand across Canada, with almost 2,000 restaurants now signed on to the program.

Restaurants who are part of the program provide full nutritional information, focusing on calories and sodium.

B.C. emergency officials defend 9-1-1 response times

Photograph by: Gerry Kahrmann , PNG

Emergency officials are defending changes to how ambulance crews respond to 9-1-1 calls, rejecting claims that patients are being put at risk or are being made to wait significantly longer for medical help.

By downgrading many types of routine or “comfort” calls, ambulances are able to respond more quickly to critically ill patients, and are making roads safer for other drivers because lights and sirens are being used less often, said B.C. Emergency Health Services board chairman Wynne Powell.

Non-emergency callers could wait longer for medical care in B.C.

DARRYL DYCK For The Globe and Mail

People calling 911 in non-emergency situations could soon wait longer for medical help as changes proposed to the provincial ambulance service’s rules could mean firefighters and municipal first responders stop answering over a third of medical calls.

The change would be included in the second phase of a sweeping overhaul of the response protocols of the B.C. Ambulance Service first enacted last fall. Known as a Resource Allocation Plan, it meant dozens of 911 calls were downgraded from emergency status, leading to slower responses without lights and sirens.

Opioid overdose tool is harm-reduction at its best

Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney-General, said it best when he called the soaring rates of opioid-related deaths an “urgent and growing public-health crisis.”

High-profile deaths such as that of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman attract all the attention, but the reality is that more than 100 Americans a day die of accidental drug overdoses. That’s more people than are murdered or than die in car crashes – and many of the 38,000 ODs a year are preventable. At least 16,000 of those deaths are related to misuse of opioids, everything from heroin to OxyContin.

Vancouver braces for rising homeless count

Photograph by: Wayne Leidenfrost , PNG

Less than a week before the newest homelessness count for Metro Vancouver comes out, the city of Vancouver says it is bracing for a dramatic increase in people on the street.

In what was termed an “urgent update” to council, city manager Penny Ballem on Wednesday said a worst-case scenario could see the city experience a 25-per-cent increase in homelessness.

Alberta government spending more on mental health programs for children

The Alberta government is providing more money for mental health programs for kids.

The government says it includes after school supports, wellness education, as well as new residential mental health services for young people in the Calgary and Edmonton regions.

Health Minister Fred Horne made the announcement Friday at a southwest Edmonton high school, saying the move would get access to families more quickly.

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