Viral hepatitis C is a serious liver disease that is spread through blood contact, and may lead to liver failure, cancer, cirrhosis and death, if left untreated. Some 300,000 Canadians are infected with the disease, and about half of them are unaware they are carrying it. Who are they?
As advocated by Solomon Benatar, in the context of global health, ethics needs to include considerations of inequities in health and capacity, and of the social, economic, and political conditions where research is being conducted.
The documentary film “Deal with it” exposes the state of Canada’s Hepatitis C epidemic, one of the most pressing but least discussed health concerns facing the country today.
It was a pleasure to take part in the recent Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Vancouver. It was equally heartening to see how researchers and policy makers in global health are becoming more and more interconnected -- which is vital to its continued success and growth.
Community health workers play an important role in reducing maternal and child mortality, but as international researchers in the field, our experience shows that much more can be done to support them.