The Hepatitis C Prevention, Support and Research Program (the Hepatitis C Program) was launched as a five year initiative in 1999 as part of the government's response to the report of the Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada (Krever Commission) . The Hepatitis C Program was originally scheduled to terminate on March 31, 2004; however, it received three separate one year extensions.
On May 14, 2008, The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health announced the renewal of the Program with ongoing funding of $10.65 million annually. The funds were to be allocated to initiatives that address the Program's long term goal of improving population health, decreasing health disparities and reducing associated burden on the health system by:
The Public Health Agency of Canada's Hepatitis C Prevention, Support and Research Program is national in scope and shares responsibility for key initiatives with its regional offices and Health Canada's northern regional office. The national component of the Hepatitis C Program strives to strengthen federal leadership in the broad areas of:
If you have specific questions about the Public Health Agency of Canada's Hepatitis C-related activities, please contact the national office at HCV.VHC@phac-aspc.gc.ca
Community Action refers to both a strong community-based response to the needs of persons infected with or affected by hepatitis C, as well as a strong role for community organizations in the national Hepatitis C Program. The activities under this component contribute to gaining a better understanding of the nature and effects of hepatitis C infection and how communities can provide support to those who are infected with or at increased risk of contracting hepatitis C.