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January 29, 2010

AboutKidsHealth receives $4.5 million from the Government of Canada

At a special ceremony earlier today, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced the Government of Canada would contribute $4.5 million over three years to AboutKidsHealth.

The website and resource centre, created and operated by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), provides parents, children and health-care professionals with comprehensive, authoritative and accessible information on children's health.

"AboutKidsHealth has already proven its value to hundreds of thousands of Canadian parents, young people and health-care professionals," said Minister Aglukkaq. "I am delighted to be making an investment that will allow AboutKidsHealth to continue doing its important work, while growing into a resource that will serve even more Canadians through strategic partnerships with other institutions across the country."

The infusion of money will provide enough financial stability for AboutKidsHealth to build a national network of partners, better serve vulnerable populations - more specifically rural, northern and aboriginal Canadians - and allow it to move to full financial self-sufficiency in the years to come.

Launched in 2004, AboutKidsHealth receives more than 140,000 visitors in an average month, according to Dr. Ross Hetherington, Director of AboutKidsHealth. Its content is supplemented by effective animations and illustrations, including more than four hours of narrated animation in its unique Just for Kids section.

“People from around the world have come to rely on the expertise that SickKids offers; AboutKidsHealth is a dynamic website and resource centre that helps us share our knowledge on a national and international scale,” said Dr. Susan Tallett, Chief of Education at SickKids. “At SickKids we believe that family members, including children are increasingly knowledgeable about their health conditions and it is a high priority to provide them with resources that are easy to access, developmentally appropriate and evidence informed.”

While AboutKidsHealth will be available in English, French and Chinese in the summer, plans are also underway to have key sections made available in Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, Tamil, Portuguese and Punjabi, thanks to a contribution by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

For more information on AboutKidsHealth, please visit http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/.