Canadian Hemophilia Society

Canadian Hemophilia Society

November 18, 2005 09:52 ET

Canadian Hemophilia Society/Media Advisory: 250,000+ Canadians could Benefit from a Canadian Hepatitis C Strategy. You Could Be One Of Them !

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 18, 2005) - Fourteen Canadians become infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) daily. That's 5,000 Canadians who contract this potentially fatal liver disease every year. Add these people to the 250,000+ Canadians who are already living with HCV, and Canada has the makings of an alarming epidemic.

Surprisingly, unlike many countries including Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, Canada does not have a comprehensive, long-term strategy to address the prevention, care, treatment, support and research issues associated with HCV. Up until now, Canadians living with, and affected by HCV have struggled along with short-term and inadequate federal programs that fail to recognize the epidemic in their midst.

This has not gone un-noticed by people living with HCV, and the community groups and organizations that serve those who are infected.

On November 22nd to 24th, representatives from a variety of organizations, working to improve the lives of those who are HCV+, will gather in Ottawa to publicly launch the document they have collaboratively written entitled, "Responding to the Epidemic: Recommendations for a Canadian Hepatitis C Strategy / Vers une reponse a l'epidemie: Recommandations pour une Strategie canadienne sur l'hepatite C".

You are invited to come and obtain a copy of this document, and find out for yourself the reasons why Canada urgently needs a hepatitis C strategy.

Representatives from many of the following organizations will be available to meet with you and answer your questions:

Anemia Institute
Canadian AIDS Society
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange
Canadian Harm Reduction Network
Canadian Hemophilia Society
Canadian Hepatitis C Network
Canadian Liver Foundation
Hepatitis C Council of BC
Hepatitis C Society of Canada
Prisoners' HIV/AIDS Support Action Network

DATE: November 22nd, 2005
TIME: 11 AM to 1 PM
PLACE: Commonwealth Room, Centre Block,
Parliament Buildings, Ottawa.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Hemophilia Society
    Jeff A. Rice
    Coordinator - Hepatitis C Programs
    1-800-668-2686, ext. 225