Welcome

The Global Hepatitis C (HCV) Network aims to facilitate international HCV knowledge exchange and bridge the gap between Canadian and global HCV initiatives.

Composed of international volunteer members with knowledge and expertise in HCV, the Network works to identify and share best practices and initiatives being used in HCV programs around the world with a focus on four key areas: Prevention & Awareness, Research & SurveillanceDiagnosis, and Treatment.

The Global HCV Working Group collectively reviews evidence-based, peer-reviewed articles in these key areas using Criteria Grids constructed by the Network. The completed grids are posted in the Global HCV Network’s Knowledge Bank.

To join the Global HCV Network, please sign up by clicking here.

Updated Canadian HIV-HCV Co-infection Guidelines

The updated Canadian HIV-HCV Co-infection Guidelines, published in the July 2016 edition of the Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, contain over 40 specific recommendations for important topics such as: evaluating co-infected patients; addressing barriers to care; selecting treatments; determining treatment timing; and addressing drug-to-drug interactions. For more information, please see http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/4385643

Upcoming Events

National Hepatitis Program: From WHO Global Strategy to country level implementation

Date: November 14th – 17th, 2016
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

For more information on the Fourth Global Symposium please visit http://healthsystemsresearch.org/hsr2016/ 

Supporting peer research associates effectively

Date: Sunday, November 20th, 2016
Location: Toronto, Ontario

A one-day KTE (Knowledge Transfer and Exchange) workshop for Peer Research Associates (PRAs) will be held as a satellite session to the Ontario HIV Treatment Network’s (OHTN) conference ‘Endgame: Stopping the Syndemics that drive HIV’. The aim of the workshop will be to support Peer Research Associates (PRAs) (people living with HIV and/or HCV) by highlighting the role of PRAS in syndemics, showcasing the practical support tools and best practices for PRAs, and exploring the real life scenarios in which PRAs are supported. The workshop will provide a broad overview of how, why and when PRAs must be supported in four areas: administrative, financial, emotional and educational.

Please note, only those working in HIV and/or HCV research are eligible for the workshop. For more information, please visit http://www.universitieswithoutwalls.ca/supporting-pras-workshop/

International Viral Hepatitis Elimination Meeting 2016

Date: December 2nd – 3rd, 2016
Location: Amsterdam, Netherland

The field of viral hepatitis treatment is undergoing major changes and is on the verge of a paradigm shift. The many new treatment options that are becoming available through the introduction of Direct Acting Antivirals are providing great hopes for decreasing the burden of disease, simplifying treatment and, ultimately, the elimination of viral Hepatitis. The objective of this meeting is to enhance elimination of viral hepatitis worldwide from the perspective of the medical community. This independent meeting will address obstacles on the elimination of viral hepatitis along with strategies for success. Following the framework of the recent WHO goals, the meeting will provide an ideal forum for presenting plans to address the elimination of Hepatitis B and C, with concrete objectives, tangible goals and measurable outcomes.

For more information, please visit http://www.virology-education.com/event/upcoming/int-viral-hep-cure-elimination/

Past Events

Social Marketing Campaign in Health Workshop, March 31- April 1, 2016, Ottawa, ON 

Date: Thursday, March 31st – Friday, April 1st, 2016

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Location: Novotel, Ottawa, ON

Organizer:The Canadian Society for International Health

The Canadian Society for International Health is hosting a 2 day workshop on creating a Social Marketing Campaign in Health. This workshop will build the capacity of participants to create, implement and monitor campaigns to change behaviours of a targeted audience. This workshop is by invitation only.

For more information, please contact Philmona Kebedom at pkebedom@csih.org

Cool, Calm and Collected: CAHR/UWW Data Collection Skill Development Workshop, January 21-22, 2016, Toronto, ON

Carefully planned and designed research studies can be undone by a myriad of problems when collecting data in community, clinical and public settings. Rarely does data collection happen as smoothly as depicted in proposals, textbooks and university courses. Problems can occur because new researchers are trained to address the general issues arising during data collection and not the specific realities of conducting research in diverse community/health care settings, and particularly with vulnerable populations. In response, CAHR and the Universities Without Walls (UWW) will hold their second Data Collection Skill Development Workshop with the aims of: assisting new HIV/HCV researchers to identify, anticipate and plan for the challenges they may experience collecting data for their masters, doctoral and/or post-doctoral projects and/or community-based research projects; using real and simulated case examples to explore options for responding to complex methodological and ethical challenges experienced while conducting research; providing an opportunity for each attendee to discuss their own research project that is in the planning stage with experienced researchers; and promoting ethical and methodological reflection, and strategies to mitigate harm to communities and their ecology, throughout the stages of data collection and management. Ultimately, this workshop will assist new HIV/HCV researchers to develop more carefully designed, rigorous and robust graduate student research fellowship and grant applications.

Workshop: Global Health Workshop for Early and New HIV and HCV Investigators

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Location: Victoria Room, Plazza Centre Ville, 777 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC

Organizer: The Canadian Society for International Health / Canadian Association for HIV Research

The  Global Health Workshop is designed for early and new HIV and HCV investigators. During a one day long event, workshop participants will get insights on the following themes: Getting to Know your Funders; How to Write a Funding Application; Research Ethics; How to Run a Lab/Team; Lessons Learned as a New Investigator; How to Present Effectively; Writing an Abstract/Paper; Mock Peer Review; Community-Based Research; Working with Partners; etc.  Also included in the workshop program is a speed-dating mentorship session in which participants move from table to table for 15-minute discussions with experienced researchers/funders from various fields of expertise. Participants are expected to attend all sessions. Please register using the following link: http://globalhealthnrw.eventbrite.ca .The detailed workshop agenda can be found here: Global Health Workshop Agenda

This workshop is organized in partnership between the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) and the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH). CAHR and CSIH extend their appreciation to CIHR, CANFAR, the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development, the National Collaborative Hepatitis C Network and the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative Research and Development Alliance Coordinating Office for their generous support for this workshop.

For more information, please contact Ecaterina Damian at edamian@csih.org

Canadian Conference on Global Health – Hepatitis C Oral session

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015

Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Location: Montreal, Quebec – Hotel Bonaventure, Cote St-Luc

A panel on Hepatitis C and an oral presentation by Melina Erica Santos from the Ministry of Health in Brazil will be held at the Canadian Conference on Global Health to discuss the following two articles:

The burden of viral hepatitis in people living with HIV in Brazil: reasons to improve global health capacities

Authors: Naveira, Marcelo Contardo Moscoso; Vivaldini, Simone Monzani; Santos, Melina Erica;  Cattapan, Elisa Argia Basile; Gomes, José Nilton Neres; Fernandes, Neide; Mesquita, Fábio. Ministry of Health of Brazil.

Survival time in patients coinfected with HIV and hepatitis C in Brazil

Authors: Oliveira, Silvano Barbosa; Naveira, Marcelo Contardo Moscoso; Vivaldini, Simone Monzani; Santos, Melina Erica; Cattapan, Elisa Argia Basile; Gomes, José Nilton Neres; Fernandes, Neide; Mesquita, Fábio. Ministry of Health of Brazil.

For more information, please contact Ecaterina Damian at edamian@csih.org

HIV and Newcomer, Migrant and Refugee Health

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Location: Novotel in Montreal, Quebec

Organizer: Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD)

The Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD) is hosting a meeting on HIV and Newcomer, Migrant and Refugee Health.The meeting will bring together key stakeholders from across the health and social sectors to exchange ideas, information and program experiences related to HIV and newcomer, migrant and refugee health.  The objectives of the meeting are, within the context of HIV, hepatitis C and other STBBIs, to:

  1. Identify strengths and gaps in services currently available to address HIV among newcomers, migrants and refugees across the continuum of care (prevention, testing, treatment, care and support)
  2. Identify research gaps and priorities related to HIV and newcomer, migrant and refugee health
  3. Analyze and document the impacts of Canada’s policy framework on newcomers, migrants and refugees and the organizations serving them
  4. Produce a report that will inform ongoing improvements to services and policies affecting the health of newcomers and refugees in Canada

***Please note that the meeting is by invitation only. For more information, please contact Shayna Buhler
sbuhler@icad-cisd.com

World Hepatitis Day Canada

The World Hepatitis Day Canada campaign was a success, with the team at CSIH and teams all across Canada putting in much hard work to make this event as successful as possible. Find out more at www.whdcanada.org. 

Hepatitis C is one of the most dangerous forms of hepatitis as it has no vaccination available. It is incredibly common amongst baby boomers, immigrants and intravenous drug users. For more information on hepatitis C please visit: www.youtube.com/user/CSIHglobal 

Hepatitis C Services for Immigrants: Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons Learned
Toronto, Canada

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015

This workshop, organized by the Canadian Society for International Health, took place at the Novotel Hotel in Toronto, located at 45 the Esplanade. It discussed various topics surrounding barriers that immigrants face in receiving HCV services, including current and new HCV therapies, barriers to treatment, engaging ethnocultural communities on hepatitis C action, and existing frameworks and approaches for engaging immigrants on HCV screening and care. We will be posting presentations that occurred at this workshop in the upcoming days to our YouTube channel, which can be found at www.youtube.com/user/CSIHglobal.

If you have any further questions about the workshop, please contact Ecaterina Damian at edamian@csih.org.

Access, Quality, Availability and Dignity of HCV Services Provided to Aboriginal Populations and People Living in Remote Areas

Date: November 27-28, 2014

Location: Thunder Bay, ON

Organizer: The Canadian Society for International Health/Elevate NWO

This workshop explored challenges faced in implementing prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance of HCV among Aboriginal and remote populations in Canada. In addition, the workshop informed participants of best practices in terms of delivery of HCV services, and will discuss the role of public health and/or primary care professionals in the implementation of current guidelines and recommendations for HCV. The workshop was organized as a series of plenary sessions as well as interactive activities. Workshop participants worked towards a recommendation to be presented to the Public Health Agency of Canada based on the findings from the workshop.

For more information on the workshop and the recommendation, please contact Ecaterina Damian at edamian@csih.org.

People Living with HCV: Feedback on Community Action Fund

Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Groups and individuals affected by HCV were invited to participate at a discussion on the new funding model for community-based organizations the Public Health Agency of Canada is going to implement starting in April 2017. Please see more information on the event from the poster attached. The event was organized by the Canadian AIDS Society in partnership with the Canadian Society for International Health.

The Teleconference took place on Tuesday, November 25, at 3 p.m. For information on the conference, please contact Jeff Potts by email at jeffp@cdnaids.ca or by phone at 1-800-499-1986 ext. 119.

The role of partnerships in increasing the effectiveness of HIV, HCV and TB initiatives Panel

Date: Monday, November 3, 2014

Time: 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

Location: Ottawa, ON at the 21st Canadian Conference on Global Health*

Organizer: The Canadian Society for International Health

The objective of this panel is to discuss the importance of partnerships, review the developed partnerships for projects currently being implemented, and review and discuss challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned. In addition, best practices and recommendations from implemented projects will be exchanged, as well as propositions and discussions on how partnerships can be enhanced to increase the value of implemented projects or programs.

The panel will be facilitated by World Hepatitis Alliance President, Charles Gore. Presenters at the panel include Marc-Andre Gaudreau from the Centre for Communicable Diseases and Infection Control at the Public Health Agency of Canada, Robin Montgomery from the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development, Dr. Curtis Cooper from the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and Andrew Matejcic from the Canadian Association for HIV Research.

Thank you to all who attended and participated.

Newcomer and Refugee Health Equity in HIV and Hepatitis C: From Research to Services

Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Ottawa, ON at the 21st Canadian Conference on Global Health*

Organizer: The Canadian Society for International Health/The Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

The objective of this panel is to help better understand the state of newcomer and refugee health in Canada and in a global context, as well as to understand how being a newcomer has an impact on the health of people living with HIV and/or HCV and the environments in which they live or work that could put them at inequitable risk of HIV and/or HCV infection. In addition, the panel will explore partnerships that are helping to advance health equity for newcomers and refugee populations. The panel will also identify success stories, lessons learned, and research questions that will help guide future discussions and collaborations related to newcomer and refugee health, HIV/HCV co-infection in particular.

The panel will be facilitated by Janet Hatcher-Roberts, Technical Advisor for the Global HCV Network at CSIH, and Robin Montgomery from the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development. Speakers at the panel will include Dr. Alexander Klosovsky from the International Organization for Migration, Dr. Kevin Pottie from the Canadian Collaboration for Refugee and Immigrant Health at the University of Ottawa, Haoua Inoua from the AIDS Committee of Ottawa, Judith Odhiambo from the Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment, and Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe, Member of Parliament and Official Opposition Critic for Citizenship and Immigration.

NOTE: You may view the panel in its entirety following this link: http://youtu.be/5PRor-IomVo. Thanks to all who attended!

 

On November 7th & 8th 2013, the Global HCV Network implemented a HCV Treatment & Care in Vulnerable Populations Workshop in Ottawa, Canada. Please find below the links to the agenda and some interesting presentations.

HCV Treatment & Care in Vulnerable Populations Workshop

AGENDA

WHO Response to Viral Hepatitis: WHO Framework for Global Action & WHO’s role in promoting hepatitis treatment Dr. Stefan Wiktor, World Health Organization

Overview of PHAC Hepatitis C Preventionn and Control Efforts in Canada Dr. Tom Wong, Public Health Agency of Canada

Clinical Management: Treatment of HCV Mono-infection Dr. Curtis Cooper, The Ottawa Hospital

Enhancing HCV testing and linkage to care, United States Dr. Kiren Mitruka, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Global HCV Network Ms. Janet Hatcher-Roberts, Canadian Society for International Health

Clinical Management of HCV/HIV Co-Infections Dr. Sunil Varghese, The Ottawa Hospital

Case Study #1: Barriers to Care: Access, treatment, management, and care strategies with recent and active Drug Users Dr. Julie Bruneau, University of Montreal

Case Study #2: Barriers to Care: Treatment, management, and care strategies: Lessons from the TB World Dr. Ryan Cooper, University of Alberta

Case study #3: Progress and Challenges to Care: Treatment, management, and care strategies in China Dr. Fuqiang Cui, CDC China

Applying HIV Model to Viral Hepatitis – Treatment as Prevention Dr. Mark Hull, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

Applying HIV Model to HCV Drug Process Mr. Allan Miranda, Janssen Inc.

For more information contact Ecaterina at edamian@csih.org.