Category: Community News

Pacific Hepatitis C Network is very happy to learn that effective March 21, an extensive list of hepatitis C treatments will be available through BC PharmaCare – at far better prices than they previously had been. The high cost of hepatitis C treatment has effectively restricted the numbers of people living with hepatitis C who… Read more »

DTES women’s-only services provide safety and support to clients with complex needs “Women living in the Downtown Eastside often face barriers in accessing traditional health care services, but have great need for both primary care services as well as access to substance use and mental health programs,” says Smadar Levinson, Team Leader – Women’s ICMT,… Read more »

Heather is a former staff member of PAN. Heather was hired as a contractor in October 2016 to support PAN’s Evaluation and Community Based Research Programs, thanks to funding from the CBR Collaborative Centre and REACH. Collaborating with PAN staff and the Peer Evaluators on the Positive Leadership Development Institute’s impact evaluation will be a… Read more »

December 01, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) – Department of Justice Canada The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today issued the following statement: World AIDS Day is a time to reflect on the impact that HIV/AIDS has had on Canadians, and to give thanks to the many dedicated people who work… Read more »

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 »