Unintentional drug overdoses have become a public health epidemic, and despite a declaration of a public health emergency in 2016 and continuous efforts to resolve the crisis, many people are still dying. In fact, life expectancy in BC has decreased due to the pervasiveness of overdose deaths. The response to the overdose crisis has been extensive, and through harm reduction strategies and services lives are being saved. Yet the emergency persists. To compound the challenge of the overdose crisis further, we’re also contending with the spread of communicable diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C associated with substance use. This is a public health crisis affecting the entire country.
This is why we have the Reducing Harms Priority. Substance use is a health issue, not a moral one. Gifts to the Reducing Harms Priority will support projects that promote harm reduction, anti-stigma education, and address putting an end to the overdose epidemic.
Reducing Harms Projects
We’re raising $200,000 to advance concrete solutions to the overdose crisis.
Your gift to the Reducing Harms Priority may fund a variety of projects including:
How you can help
We need your help to raise $200,000 to fund the solutions that will eliminate stigma, support people who use substances in building capacity and solutions, and end the overdose crisis. In partnership with the BC Centre for Disease Control we have the mandate, the experts, and the drive to find innovative solutions. We need your help to make it a reality.
Make a one-time gift to the Reducing Harms Priority, or make a one-time or monthly gift to the Driving Innovation Fund today!
See Emerging Areas for more information on Driving Innovation.
The bedrock of public health is in the detection of and response to infectious diseases and environmental hazards, as well as prevention efforts to protect the health of our population. Key examples of this work at BCCDC and elsewhere include vaccination, outbreak detection and response, monitoring and treatment of sexually transmitted and blood borne infections, preventing chronic diseases and injuries, creating safe and healthy environments, and much more. To support collaboration, innovation and surge capacity, the BCCDC brings disease surveillance, detection, and prevention, and other areas, together into one centre that, at its core, takes care of people and works to create the healthy human.
With the help of our donors, we’re able to support innovative projects and programs, which can lead to changes in practice and policy. When you make a gift to the Addressing Threats Priority at the BCCDC Foundation, you’re supporting cutting-edge developments and helping us to support state-of-the-art work at the BCCDC and for public health broadly.
Addressing Threats Projects
Your gift to the Addressing Threats Priority may fund projects including:
How you can help
Gifts to the Addressing Threats Priority can help us reverse a serious childhood epidemic and respond to outbreaks that can have health implications on a national level. Whether it’s addressing asthma or Salmonella, lives are at risk—but they don’t have to be. These are threats that we know are issues today. But there’s hope. You can join the BCCDC Foundation by making a tax-deductible donation today and make sure that these projects can keep you, your family, and your community safe and prevent sickness. Join us and change the path of health history.
Our Emerging Areas Priority holds two funds:
The Driving Innovation Fund and the Emergency Response Fund.
How you can help
Donate to either the Emergency Response Fund or the Driving Innovation Fund today.