NOhep Villager: Canadian Treatment Action Council

CTAC is Canada’s non-governmental organization led by and for people living with HIV and HIV/HCV co-infection, focusing on access to treatment. Since 1996, we have been working to secure and ensure equitable, affordable and timely access to testing, treatment, care and support for people in Canada living with HIV and HIV/HCV co-infection and other co-morbidities. We work with community, public, private and not-for-profit leaders to inform research and public policy, and promote public awareness and discussion.

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

We will promote our research paper ‘The time has come to eliminate hepatitis C in Canada’, and our related campaign to ‘Eliminate hepatitis C in Canada’. We will encourage attendees to endorse and engage with the campaign, for example by contributing their personal motivation for supporting it, which will then be displayed. We will promote our publication, ‘Hepatitis C: A Global Disease’, which provides information for newcomers to Canada. This will be available in several languages, alongside other CTAC publications.

What do you hope delegates will learn from your booth?

We hope they’ll learn what action is needed to eliminate hepatitis C in Canada and how they can get involved with CTAC’s campaign. We hope they also learn about the breadth of CTAC’s work around hepatitis C, as well as about CTAC more broadly.

What will make your booth stand out?

We will be encouraging delegates to get involved with our work and stay in touch with CTAC. One of the ways we plan to do this is by asking delegates to add their voice to our campaign to Eliminate hepatitis C in Canada. Their voices will create a jigsaw puzzle of personal hopes for elimination of hepatitis C. We hope to have a local artist who has lived experience do live painting and talk to delegates about his work.

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

Meeting with and learning from delegates from around the world, and having the opportunity to spread the word about CTAC and our work.

How will exhibiting in the NOhep Village benefit your organisation?

We will be able to showcase our work to new audiences,, establish new relationships, and learn about the latest hepatitis C developments from around the world.

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

We have worked extensively with pharmaceutical companies and government agencies such as the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health (CADTH). An example of this is the patient input submissions about new hepatitis C drugs that we prepare for CADTH.

For more information on Canadian Treatment Action Council (CTAC)’s work, visit their website, Twitter, Facebook or YouTube.