In light of the concerns and requests for assistance that thalidomide victims have communicated to TVAC in recent years, TVAC is very concerned about the physical and emotional well-being of thalidomide victims as well as their financial circumstances. Furthermore, since relevant information regarding the victims’ changing health status is virtually non-existent, TVAC felt it necessary to create a picture of the experiences of its members and to attempt to assess, with reasonable accuracy, the degree of the concerns expressed by this group as a whole 50 years after the onset of this tragedy. This culminated in the Study on the Current Living Conditions of Canadian Thalidomide Survivors and their Projections for their Future.
This report is intended to lend a voice to the Canadian victims of thalidomide. It is our hope that the information herein will result in a call to duty and responsibility on the part of all authorities and organizations concerned in the thalidomide tragedy.
The Thalidomide Victims Association of Canada sincerely thanks all its members who participated in this study.