World Hepatitis Day was held on July 28, 2015 and while there were events happening across Canada I was able to attend the event that happened in Vancouver. It was a great day! There were lots of amazing speakers talking about the status of new and more effective hepatitis C treatments (the Pacific Hepatitis C Network has a great Treatment Information Project and HepCBC is another great place for info), people with lived experiences with viral hepatitis sharing their stories, and a recorded message from Dr. Evan Adams, the Chief Medical Officer for the First Nations Health Authority in BC.
At this event a new campaign called Generation Hep was launched. This campaign highlights the fact that over 75% of British Columbians with hepatitis C belong to the ‘baby boomer’ generation, those born between 1945-1965, and most of they don’t know they have hepatitis. The campaign encourages people to go and get tested.
Finally, I want to highlight another great project called Hepatitis Education Canada. This team develops culturally and linguistically sensitive hepatitis C education resources for the general population, hepatitis patients and health care providers. Resources cover topics such as prevention, testing, care and support, treatment and living with hepatitis.
There is so much great work happening around hepatitis in BC and across Canada and it is great to take a day to reflect, learn and think about next steps in this epidemic.Questions? Feedback? Get in touch! Janice Duddy, Manager of Evaluation [email protected]