CSIH spearheaded the coordination of the eighth annual World Hepatitis Day (WHD) campaign in Canada. This year's theme was: "Know your status? Get tested. Learn your options."
More than 140 events organized by 60 different partners were held across the country to encourage Canadians to get tested and promote treatment and care for those affected by viral hepatitis.
This year's WHD Canada media coverage reached millions of Canadians in both official languages. This included extensive print, online, radio and TV coverage from over 40 national and local news outlets. WHD hashtags #WHDCanada2017 #WHD2017 #NOhep #LightsUp4Hep #ShowYourFace were used on multiple social media platforms. Check out our Storify "World Hepatitis Day Canada 2017"to see highlights from across the country!
On July 28th, CSIH hosted its sixth annual keystone WHD Canada event at Marion Dewar Plaza in front of Ottawa City Hall in partnership with 15 likeminded community organizations. Notable guests included Mayor Jim Watson, Dr. Cooper of the Ottawa Hospital, Dr. Etches of Ottawa Public Health, Steve Pollard who is a hepatitis and liver transplant survivor, and Tammy Hyde who also has experience living with hepatitis C. Activities included hepatitis C screening, free BBQ, informational booths and raffle prizes. The highlight of this year’s WHD Ottawa event was the first ever that dry drop testing for hepatitis C was provided on-site by Liver Care Canada. 52 people from all walks of life were tested for hepatitis C at the event.
CISH is grateful for the generous support of our sponsors: Merck, Gilead, Liver Care Canada, the City of Ottawa and Enbridge and is thankful for the ongoing support from our community partners and enthusiastic volunteers who helped put on a successful event.
This week, on July 28, countries around the world will mark World Hepatitis Day by calling for increased access to hepatitis testing, prevention and treatment.
The World Health Organization is leading the charge with its Global Strategy on Viral Hepatitis – adopted by 194 governments – which aims to eliminate hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030.
And Canada is on board. Sort of …
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