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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Canadian News: MS initiative good news for city woman

By Student on December 1, 2013.

Province to work with MS Society

Conor Beagan

For The Herald

A local multiple sclerosis sufferer felt relief this week when she heard the news that the government would be further supporting the MS community.

Susan Schneider, a local resident living with MS and an MS ambassador, was diagnosed with the disease in 1994 and is bound to a wheelchair. A former horticulturalist, her time is now dedicated to being an advocate for those with MS.

On Monday, the Alberta government announced a partnership with the MS Society to improve support services for, and further research on, MS. On Wednesday, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. also announced a $1.2 million investment for MS Research projects in Alberta.

“We are pleased to partner with Novartis to advance MS research and treatment. It’s important that we support medical research for debilitating conditions such as MS so that we can improve and expand treatments for people living with MS,” said Alberta health minister Fred Horne.

The Way Forward is Alberta’s MS partnership that outlines a model for stronger co-operation between the health system, the government and MS agencies.

A collaboration of the Government of Alberta, AHS, the MS Society of Canada and other community partners, The Way Forward signifies a commitment to expand the knowledge of MS and to identify issues related to it.

Alberta’s almost 14,000 MS patients will now be able to access resources and find supports more easily.

“Basically, it’s similar to having a GPS where we can find our way to services as needed. It will help co-ordinate services to ensure that people with MS see a more consistent level of service across the province,” said Schneider.

“Anything from support groups to neurological clinics to travel barriers for rural patients, I think this document and the relationship between the province and the MS Society is going to really streamline being able to access services,” said Schneider.

The Way Forward is Alberta’s MS partnership that outlines a model for stronger co-operation between the health system, the government and MS agencies.

A collaboration of the Government of Alberta, AHS, the MS Society of Canada and other community partners, The Way Forward signifies a commitment to expand the knowledge of MS and to identify issues related to it.

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