This fall CATIE hosted a national forum in Toronto with the theme Making it work: From Planning to Practice. The forum was designed as a place to dialogue and learn about the front line implications of the newest research and approaches in HIV and HCV prevention, testing, treatment, and care and support. It was attended by 350 people, including those with HIV and/or with or experience with HCV.
Along with other movers and shakers in their fields of expertise, speakers at the forum included such hep C and HIV experts as:
- Dr. Jordan Feld, a clinician-scientist based at the Toronto Western Hospital Liver Clinic and the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health. His speech was entitled: Improving the Continuum of Care in the New Era of Hepatitis C.
- Dr. Nitika Pant Pai, an Associate Professor from the Department of Medicine at McGill University. Her speech was entitled: Pushing the Boundaries of HIV, Hepatitis C and STI Testing.
- Dr. Norah Palmateer, an epidemiologist with Health Protection Scotland in Glasgow. Her speech was entitled: Scotland’s Action Plan on Hepatitis C.
- Dr. Alexandra King, a general internist at the Vancouver Infectious Diseases Centre and the Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake, BC. Her speech was entitled: Indigeneity and improving our response in the new era of HIV and hepatitis C.
- Andriy Klepikov, the executive director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine, the largest health-focused non-governmental organization in the country and one of the largest in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. His speech was entitled: Civil Society Driven Response in Ukraine: A program making a difference and bringing results. It was about health-systems change and community-systems strengthening.
Their speeches and presentation slides can be found online with the links provided above.
One of the reasons we decided to highlight this forum is that the presentations do a really good job at clearly expressing the importance of hepatitis C advocacy and the importance of better care, prevention, and treatment. For example, a slide that stood out was part of Dr. Jordan Feld’s speech illustrating the difference between traditional HIV lobbies and HCV lobbies (presentation time 14:52). It is a possible exaggeration, but one that stood out and brought the point home that more can be done, more needs to be done.