World Hepatitis Day Initiatives
The World Hepatitis Alliance supports campaigners and patient organisations around the world to help make a difference to the lives of the millions of people living with viral hepatitis and to prevent new infections. To find out more on what is going on in your country, use the map below to find local organisations, World Hepatitis Day initiatives and other initiatives.
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Canada - WHD 2011
The Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq highlighted this year’s slogan ‘Hepatitis affects everyone, everywhere’ in her speech during World Hepatitis Day (WHD) - several issues related to hepatitis B and C were highlighted such as modes of transmission, the need for screening and government funded community programs targeting hepatitis C across the country. The Minister also invited all Canadians to consult their doctors to learn more about hepatitis and extended her appreciation to all community organizations in Canada that work to help those infected with, and affected by, the diseases.
As in previous years the Canadian Society for International Health took the lead coordinating World Hepatitis Day activities in Canada and a variety of education and awareness events were celebrated by local community groups in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia and the Northwest Territories.
Many initiatives were celebrated with barbeques, public talks, distribution of materials and displays of posters as well as screening and booths to provide information about prevention and treatment. Also, media outlets in the country featured this year’s campaign and marked WHD.