LymeHope is a Canadian not-for-profit organization dedicated to education and outreach on the subject of Lyme & related diseases in Canada.
Our current area of focus is with regards to maternal-fetal transmission of Lyme disease with a specific goal of advancing scientific and clinical knowledge in this area by supporting and encouraging collaborative research. Follow us on Twitter: @lymehopecanada Please Like and Follow us on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/lymehopecanada/
Vision for LymeHope
Supporting Canadian and International Lyme disease research which values patient engagement in the development and implementation of evidence based research priorities.
Assisting in the development and dissemination of comprehensive, evidence based, up-to-date, Lyme educational tools and resources.
Supporting a movement which would empower and unite Lyme sufferers, their care-givers, researchers, scientists and frontline healthcare professionals to work collaboratively and with transparency to identify and break down existing barriers and drive meaningful change for all Canadians.
Leading change which is anchored in hope and integrity.
News and Updates
LivLyme Summit - Perinatal Transmission of Lyme disease: A Path Forward - March 4, 2023
Sept 28/2020 Ground-Breaking Lyme and Pregnancy Research Launches!
A ground-breaking research study on Lyme and Pregnancy has launched, led by Canadian Principal Investigator Dr. Elizabeth Darling and team from the McMaster University Midwifery Research Centre. LymeHope is honoured to partner and collaborate in this important endeavour, facilitating the 'birth' of a new era of research focused on assessing perinatal (mother-to-baby) transmission of Lyme disease - the first North American research into this alternate mode of transmission in 25 years! Detailed information and how to participate here: https://www.lymehope.ca/news-and-updates/ground-breaking-lyme-and-pregnancy-research-launches
The CDC has updated their website today in three different spots to address the very important issue of maternal-fetal transmission of Lyme disease, from an infected mother to her fetus/baby.
'If you are pregnant and suspect you have contracted Lyme disease, contact your physician immediately. Untreated Lyme disease during pregnancy can lead to infection of the placenta. Spread from mother to fetus is possible but rare. Fortunately, with appropriate antibiotic treatment, there is no increased risk of adverse birth outcomes.* There are no published studies assessing developmental outcomes of children whose mothers acquired Lyme disease during pregnancy.' * Silver HM. Lyme disease during pregnancy . Infect Dis Clin North Am. 1997 Mar;11(1):93-7. ** Clearly addressing the possibility of transmission from an infected mother to her baby is so important and we hope and trust this will open new doors for families who have expressed concern that their children were infected in-utero, so as to access medical treatment, support, follow-up and care. This update also provides confirmation of the nessecity for urgent, dedicated, scientific and medical research, in this area.
It is clear that the issue of maternal-fetal transmission of Lyme disease requires urgent research and a collective, multi-disciplinary, 'all-hands on deck' approach to address this alternate mode of transmission.
Speech to US Health and Human Services Tick-Borne Disease Working Group on maternal-fetal transmission of Lyme disease- Jan 28, 2020
On January 28, 2020, Sue Faber, RN, Co-founder and President of LymeHope spoke for 3 minutes in the public comments period at the HHS Tick-borne Disease working group in Washington DC. She was honoured to have this opportunity to speak out on behalf of children and families all over the world affected by the very real, documented concern of mother to baby transmission of #Lymedisease.
This alternate mode of transmission has paradigm-shifting implications and urgent research, investigation and collaboration must be a top priority. Parents and families affected need to be heard. Children affected by this alternate mode of transmission must have access to care and treatment without having to pay out of pocket.
July 11/19 -LymeHope meets with Ontario Minister of Health
On Thursday, July 11th, 2019 in Toronto, MDs including Dr. Ralph Hawkins (General Internist, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine University of Calgary and Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health) and advocate Jennifer Wheeler as well as Sue Faber (RN) and Tamara House from LymeHope and Jim Wilson President of CanLyme met in person/teleconferenced with Ontario Minister of Health Honorable Christine Elliott.
'Kravis says Lyme Hope is working to ensure all front-line medical professionals understand Lyme disease and that Canada invests in diagnosis, testing and treatments.'
'We fight for our own kids, and for all kids and families who are too sick to speak out and have their voices heard. “Women need to know this is a possibility. Doctors need to know this is a possibility,” said Jennifer Kravis, co-founder and director of advocacy group Lyme Hope. She and other mothers and their children gathered together in Burlington, Ont. to talk to CTV’s medical correspondent Avis Favaro earlier this month. The whole story here: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/mothers-on-a-mission-to-prove-lyme-disease-can-be-passed-to-unborn-child-1.4261403
When Lyme Disease Strikes an Unborn Child -Jan 25/19 - by Mary Beth Pfeiffer.
'Last June, seven years into a project involving 30 committees and 11,000 proposals, the WHO released the eleventh version of this tally of human malady. Its 55,000 entries were undergoing final, mostly technical, review when, in December of 2018, something unusual happened: one diagnosis—congenital Lyme disease—slipped from the list. The condition occurs when a pregnant woman infected with the tick-borne disease passes the bacterium, known as a spirochete, to her developing fetus.' Full article in Scientific American can be found here: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/when-lyme-disease-strikes-an-unborn-child/
Published study suggests majority of Canadians with Lyme disease slipping through the cracks
Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Resolution on Lyme disease
Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Resolution on Lyme Disease. 'Nurses at that meeting were alarmed by the challenges Faber faced accessing health services for her family, and decided to take action. They voted to support a resolution on Lyme disease, seeking to raise awareness and amplify the voice of patients.'
THEREFORE be it resolved that the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) advocate, at all levels of government, for Lyme disease prevention programs and the rights of all patients with symptoms consistent with Lyme and/or co-Infections to receive evidence-based, patient-centred care for both acute and multi-systemic chronic presentations of the disease in Canada; emphasizing healthcare provider education that acknowledges alternate modes of transmission, persistence of infection, and integration of a collaborative clinical model inclusive of ILADS guidelines in the treatment of this illness.
Federal MP Round Table: On Monday May 7, LymeHope, along with CanLyme and the G. Magnotta Foundation and supported by Provincial Lyme groups, co-hosted an all-party MP Round Table education event on Lyme Disease in Canada. There was a great turnout, with over 40 MPs and/or their staffers in attendance from all parties. Your emails, letters and meetings with your MPs have had an impact!
We would like to acknowledge and thank MP Tracey Ramsey (NDP – Essex ON) and MP Randy Hoback (PC – Prince Albert SK) for co-sponsoring this event.
Education and Engagement - May 9, 2018
May 9, 2018 - LymeHope meets with Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer, Shadow Health Minister Marilyn Gladu, Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt and National Conservative Caucus Chair David Sweet. Engagement with elected officials is critical - as they represent and act on behalf of their constituents.
Benchmark National Public Opinion Survey in Canada on Lyme Disease, 2017
Findings include: Approximately 4 million Canadiansreport that they or someone they know in Canada has been diagnosed with Lyme disease. Compared to the number of reported cases by the Public Health Agency of Canada for 2015 of 917 cases.
30% of Canadians have never heard of Lyme disease
Only 9% of Canadians say they “know a lot” about the disease
97% of Canadians are unaware this disease can be passed from mother to child during pregnancy
almost 80% of Canadians are generally concerned about getting Lyme disease.
a) be fully aware of the prevalence, severity and symptoms of Lyme and associated tick-borne infections including alternate modes of transmission b) have access to appropriate and reliable testing c) have access to healthcare professionals who are experienced in making clinical diagnoses of Lyme disease d) have access to patient-centred treatment and individualized care - for all stages of the diseases, whether acute or chronic e) not have to pay out of pocket or seek expertise outside of Canada for medical care.
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