Egypt Shares its Hepatitis Elimination Successes with its Neighbours in Africa

CAIRO - 16 January 2019: Minister of Health Hala Zayed unveiled an Egyptian initiative to treat African people with hepatitis C, starting with the Nile Basin countries which have an estimated 3.7 million hepatitis C patients, representing 30 percent of the total number of infected people in Africa. In move after stunning move, Egypt continues to demonstrate bold world leadership in our fight to eliminate viral hepatitis from every country. Egypt was the f

Mapping BC’s Core Hepatitis C Areas Improves Targeted Treatment

“VANCOUVER – January 15, 2019. Mapping techniques for identifying ‘core areas’ for transmission of bacterial sexually transmitted diseases have now been applied to hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections by Canadian investigators, who anticipate this approach will facilitate HCV prevention and intervention programs.” Lead author, Zahid Butt, MBBS, MSc, PhD, of the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, and his team were a

The Week in Review: Jan 4, 2019 – Jan 11, 2019

Friday, Jan 11, 2019 News Recap: Winners of HepCBC’s November and December, 2019 Colouring Book Contest Announced HepCBC has a monthly contest aimed at current and former prisoners, but others are welcome to join. The prize is $50 worth of art supplies. Dramatic Series, UNSPEAKABLE about Canada’s Tainted Blood Scandal January 9, 2019, Toronto. A new CBC TV historical drama series, Unspeakable, started today which follows the lives of a couple he...

Winners of HepCBC’s November and December, 2019 Colouring Book Contest Announced

HepCBC has a monthly contest aimed at current and former prisoners, but others are welcome to join. The prize is $50 worth of art supplies. We are looking for excellent colouring of our Viral Hepatitis Colouring Book pages, or new black and white drawings for the second version of the colouring book. For contest details, see page 30 (or ‘vi’) of our colouring book, “HEPATITIS C AND HEPATITIS B CAN BE ELIMINATED: A SERIOUS COLOURING BOOK AND ART CONTEST”: ...

Dramatic Series, UNSPEAKABLE about Canada’s Tainted Blood Scandal

January 9, 2019, Toronto. A new CBC TV historical drama series, Unspeakable, started today which follows the lives of a couple hemophiliac children who contracted HIV/AIDS through a blood product, the lifesaving “clotting factor” they had to inject regularly to stay alive. Each batch incorporated the blood of several thousand donors. Often one or more of these donors had HIV, which would taint the batch. As we now know, another deadly disease, caused by t

B.C. removes prescription drug deductibles for low-income residents

VANCOUVER - Health Minister Adrian Dix says British Columbia has taken a “long overdue step forward” to help lower-income households handle the cost of prescription drugs. Dix says deductibles and other payments have been eliminated for 240,000 families, meaning they no longer have to choose between paying for their medical needs or affording basics, such as food or shelter. The Health Ministry says a three-year, $105-million program that took effect J

The Week in Review: Dec 21, 2018 – Jan 4, 2019

Friday, Jan 4, 2019 News Recap: Hepatitis B Treatment, Viread, Approved in USA for Children Under 12 Hepatitis B in children is of particular concern, as the younger a person is when she/he contracts HBV, the greater likelihood of developing the chronic form of the disease. While HBV vaccination (primarily of users of IV drugs, or of infants born to HBV+ mothers) remains the greatest HBV-related public health challenge for Canada, we also should con...

Hepatitis B Treatment, Viread, Approved in USA for Children Under 12

Hepatitis B in children is of particular concern, as the younger a person is when she/he contracts HBV, the greater likelihood of developing the chronic form of the disease. While HBV vaccination (primarily of users of IV drugs, or of infants born to HBV+ mothers) remains the greatest HBV-related public health challenge for Canada, we also should consider the importance of treatment to our youngest victims of HBV. While this could involve a greater investm

HepCBC Gets Thank-You Letter from Federal Government Agency, CADTH

Since 2011, HepCBC has provided patient group input to BC PharmaCare and, to the federal government, through CADTH – the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health. CADTH is one of the first ‘hoops’ new drugs and treatments must go through, while the various provincial Pharmacare plans are the final stage of approval, awarding patients coverage for the drug/treatment through the provincial health plan. You can see all the submissions HepCBC has m

Update: Memorial Dinner will Honour Phil Wilkin at Our Place next Thursday, January 10th

400-500 community guests are expected to attend a complimentary dinner in honour of HepCBC Board Member, Phil Wilkin, at Our Place (919 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, BC) on Thursday, January 10th from 5 pm - 6 pm. Phil passed away unexpectedly of sudden cardiac arrest on November 24th. HepCBC, with Our Place’s great help, is organizing this dinner, both in raising the funds ($800) and getting volunteers to help with serving and cleanup. As of Jan. 3rd, we are...