In 2017, the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) coordinated the World Hepatitis Day (WHD) campaign in Canada.
Some 300,000 Canadians are infected with hepatitis C and the Public Health Agency of Canada estimates that 44% of these Canadians are unaware of their status. In order to encourage Canadians to get tested, and promote treatment and care for those affected by viral hepatitis, this year’s theme was: “Know your status? Get tested – Learn your options”.
More than 140 events organized by 60 different community partners were held across Canada. This included outreach activities, informational displays, public events, road shows, events on reserves, in-house educational sessions and more. The highlight of WHD Canada 2017 was that 37 events across Canada offered testing for hepatitis C. This included the implementation of innovative dry drop testing for hepatitis C on-site at WHD Canada events. A number of WHD Canada events also had vaccination for hepatitis A and B, and featured testing for hepatitis B and HIV.
As part of WHD Canada, CSIH in collaboration with Correctional Services Canada (CSC) launched the annual CSC Poster Contest to encourage inmates to learn more about the risks of hepatitis. CSIH also co-hosted the WHD Youth Poster Contest in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD).
CSIH's World Hepatitis Day Canada campaign was made possible through funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada.