NOhep Villager: Action Hepatitis Canada

Action Hepatitis Canada (AHC) is a national coalition of organizations responding to hepatitis B and C. Our work engages government, policy makers, and civil society across Canada to promote hepatitis B and C prevention, improve access to care and treatment, increase knowledge and innovation, create public health awareness, build health-professional capacity, and support community-based groups and initiatives.

What do you plan to do at your booth in the NOhep Village?

We will be promoting the CanHepC Elimination Blueprint and will have a map of Canada highlighting remaining barriers to equitable access to hepatitis C treatment and care. We also plan to run a digital campaign where visitors can send a one-click letter to their provincial or territorial health ministers urging them to adopt an implementation strategy for the elimination of hepatitis C.

What do you hope delegates will learn from your booth?

We hope delegates will learn about the leaps made in recent years in hepatitis C policy, and where the gaps remain. Delegates will then be given an action to take on site to advocate for continued improvement.

What will make your booth stand out?

The barriers map will be quite eye catching, and having a call to action at our booth for advocates will lend to a positive experience.

What are you most looking forward to about the Global Hepatitis Summit?

Elevating our message, reaching a broader audience and hearing about what is working well in other countries that face similar barriers to us here in Canada.

How will exhibiting in the NOhep Village benefit your organisation?

We are hoping to engage the hepatitis C community through our booth, motivating individuals to take action and giving them the tools to speak about the remaining barriers to treatment and care in Canada. More people spreading the message helps our cause!

How have you worked with the scientific community in the past?

Yes, we have been involved with CanHepC quite a bit, and in particular with the current collaboration on the Elimination Blueprint project.

Find out more about Action Hepatitis Canada’s work by visiting their website or following them on Twitter.