Category: Community News

PHCN Newsletter – December 2016

Welcome to the Pacific Hepatitis C Network (PHCN)‘s second Hepatitis C News in Review Newsletter. This is where we review all of the major current issues and events around hepatitis C and hep C treatments. It includes links to all of our recent blog posts—including links to blog posts about Public Health Agency of Canada… Read more »

PHSA HIV & HCV Prevention, Care and Treatment RFP Update

A redesign of PHSA-held community contracts was initiated in 2014 to better enable the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre to respond to current trends in the HIV and HCV epidemics, and to better align the strategic direction with the Ministry of Health’s Hope To Health Framework, the… Read more »

On October 20 and 21, people living with HIV, community workers, lawyers and academics from across the country met in Toronto to officially launch the new Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization. The Coalition was founded by a group of Canadians and representatives of Canadian organizations who met at the HIV Is Not A Crime… Read more »

Action Hepatitis Canada – Petition for National Hep C Strategy

In May 2016, the 194 member states of the World Health Organization (WHO), including Canada, adopted the first ever Global Viral Hepatitis Strategy with the goal of eliminating viral hepatitis by 2030. The elimination of HCV across Canada will require federal leadership. An effective national strategy would align and coordinate all of those involved in… Read more »

The victims of Canada’s tainted blood scandal, those involved in the 1986-1990 Hepatitis C Settlement Agreement, have won their court case against the Attorney General of Canada. The settlement claimants will now share the $207 million remaining compensation fund surplus. Instead of being returned to the government, most of the remaining surplus will now go… Read more »

Reflections on 2016 World Hepatitis Day

July 28th marked World Hepatitis Day. World Hepatitis Day is an international event focused on raising awareness about viral hepatitis and works to influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing and treatment. In Canada, there is an estimated 250,000 people living with chronic hepatitis C in Canada, many of them are unaware of their… Read more »

The “Hepatitis C Treatment Options: Basic Information for Patients”  is now available directly on the Hepatitis Education Canada website. The tool allows people to input information about their own: •             Genotype •             treatment history, and •             cirrhosis status to display selected CASL & AASLD recommended treatments. Also included on site are videos to help people… Read more »

Jaydee is a former staff member of PAN. Jaydee joined the PAN team in the Spring of 2015, as Manager of the Positive Leadership Development Institute, and Manager of the People Living with HIV Stigma Index project.   What first piqued your interest in the HIV sector? I remember learning about HIV at the same time… Read more »

5 Questions with Megan Deyman, PAN practicum student

Megan is a former practicum student at PAN. Megan is working to complete her second year of the Masters of Public Health program at the University of Victoria. For her research thesis, she is looking at the intricacies that tie HIV, access to housing, and health together. She is also completing a practicum placement with… Read more »

Vicki is a former staff member of PAN.   Vicki has been teaching sociology for many years at several BC universities and colleges, and the courses she loves most are the ones focused on social justice. She has worked on several research projects in the past, including a cross-Canada study on the situations of contingent… Read more »

Devyn is a former staff member of PAN. Devyn Flesher, PAN’s Prince George Site Coordinator for the Positive Living Positive Homes study, is a 2nd year graduate student at the University of Northern British Columbia, pursuing a Master’s Degree in Gender Studies. Her Master’s thesis focuses on representations of female sexuality in the Twilight Saga… Read more »