April 2017 News Roundup

1.The Ontario Drug Policy Research Network (ODPRN) finds that deaths related to opioid use in Ontario have gone up by 285% over the last 25 years. How are public health programs responding to this increase?

2.Ghana, Kenya and Malawi are the first three countries that will provide the world’s first malaria vaccine in select areas as part of a WHO-pilot implementation program.  

3.Ontario will launch a basic income pilot program in late spring 2017 in Hamilton and Thunder Bay and in Lindsay in the fall to better understand how to support vulnerable or marginalized populations.

4.World Immunization Day was on April 25, 2017. Take a look at when Canadian children should be getting vaccinated for what type of vaccines.

5.Ontario has announced that children and youth aged 24 or under will be covered under OHIP for prescription medicine, at no cost – around 4400 drugs are currently covered under the Ontario Drug Benefit Plan. This will go into effect on January 1, 2018.


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