SIDCN in collaboration with AIDS Saskatoon(601) celebrated World Hepatitis Day on Friday July 28, 2017. This year we have focused on the elimination of viral Hepatitis alongside the global #NoHep movement. We are also putting out the message that Hep C can be cured and that everyone, especially Generation Hep (people born between 1945 and 1975) should be tested, as it could save a person from liver fibrosis, cirrhosis and even liver cancer. Elimination of Hepatitis is possible through education for prevention(http://www.catie.ca), vaccination and treatment for cure.
Here are some of the media coverage of the day
Hepatitis Information Desk at Market Mall
The Saskatchewan Infectious Disease Care Network held two events on World Hepatitis Day to educate the public about Hepatitis C.
Source: Get checked for Hep C, Saskatoon medical group says | Saskatoon StarPhoenix
At 601 BBQ – Hep C antibody testing and non-invasive liver fibroscan was offered
Source: Saskatoon joins in for World Hepatitis Day – Saskatoon | Globalnews.ca
MP Sheri Benson (Saskatoon West) also attended and was tested for HepC, along with her office staff.
It is believed that the majority of people who have Hep C are Baby Boomers (adults born between 1945 and 1975), leaving most sitting MPs in an at-risk category.
Source: Sheri Benson for Saskatoon West « Canada’s NDP
Eliminating viral hepatitis by 2030
Here is an infographics from World Health Organization, on the global gap in viral hepatitis care versus the commitment signed by Canada, along with 193 member States, to eliminate viral Hepatitis by 2030.
Unfortunately signing the global commitment is not enough. Canada needs a national action plan towards this commitment and here is why as presented by Action Hepatitis Canada.
We would like to acknowledge the support of the Canadian Society for International Health for providing us, once again, with World Hepatitis Day Merchandise to give away.
We also would like to send a big THANK YOU! to Market Mall for allowing us to host an information desk for full day. Your support was greatly appreciated!
Finally thank you to AIDS Saskatoon for always striving to collaborate with other community organization to deliver the maximum support to their clients.