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Exploring alternative methods to HIV testing to meet Canada’s obligation to UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets: Meeting Proceedings

NCCID | 01/01/2019 | Infectious Diseases, STBBIs, NCCID

On April 26, 2018, The National HIV/AIDS Laboratories, National Microbiology Laboratory, and the Public Health Agency of Canada, together with the Saskatchewan HIV/AIDS Research Endeavour and the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases brought together partners and participants to foster a reflection on alternative methods for HIV testing. The session held at the Canadian Association for HIV Research annual conference, featured new testing technologies and approaches that have the potential to expand HIV testing options in Canada if scaled-up and in order to reach people where they are.

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Hepatitis C Virus and Indigenous Peoples

In reviewing the natural history of HCV infection in populations, including the potential role of genetic differences, this webinar covered the specific etiology, prevalence and incidence of HCV infection among Indigenous peoples. The presence of co-morbidities in HCV infection was also discussed, as well as what can be done to address prevalence and incidence within this population.

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Sexually Transmitted Infections & Nursing in Indigenous Communities

The National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases, together with the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada, hosted a Google Hangout On-Air about culturally-safe nursing practices and STBBIs in Indigenous communities. The 1-hour webinar was co-led by Clarence Frenchman, a Nurse Manager/HIV Case Coordinator at the Ahtahkakoop Health Centre in Saskatchewan, and Albert McLeod, a cross-cultural consultant/trainer whose work includes a focus on Aboriginal peoples and HIV/AIDS.

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Influenza control: do we need a shift in our thinking?

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommends “influenza vaccination for all individuals aged six months and older” in Canada. But what is the evidence for universal programs? In this webinar, Dr. Richard Schabas (Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario from 1987-97, now the Medical Officer of Health for the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit) explored this question, including the impact and implications of new research.

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Commentary on POCT for HIV/STBBI : an analysis of contextual factors impeding implementation in Canada

As Canada gears up to achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets for HIV/AIDS, an underlying obstacle remains: detecting HIV in the 20% of individuals who remain unaware of their HIV sero-status. In this commentary, we make a case for a greater use of point-of-care technologies (POCTs) , their versatility of use across Canada, and potential for decentralized deployment, which will increase access and improve detection rates, and thus help achieve UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets.

Further, to effectively control HIV/STBBI syndemics, we call for the following: i) increased funding for combined POCT initiatives, ii) scale-up of successful POCT pilots into provincial screening programs, iii) approval of POCTs to increase choice, availability, reduce costs, iv) training/certification of professionals on POCTs, and finally, v) making POCTs widely available nationwide for expanded access and health equity.

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Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis – International Resources for Canadian Public Health Personnel

NCCID has curated a list of international resources for public health personnel that can be considered and adapted for the Canadian context. As Dr. Yoav Keynan, NCCID’s Scientific Lead, notes in his commentary, Canada has not yet seen a rise in multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB, but with greater migration of people from around the world, MDR-TB may soon become an issue for public health in this country.

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Canadian Databases for Disease Vectors

Mathematical modelling is a method of research that allows for simulations of the real world in a virtual space. For Public Health, the results of modelling can be used to determine possible interventions and optimize desired outcomes for populations.

At the 2016 5th biennial workshop of the Pan-InfORM research group, public health practitioners and analysts and mathematical modelling researchers were brought together to learn from each other how the two disciplines – modelling and public health – can collaborate to improve disease prevention and control. In the course of discussions about new frontiers for modelling and infectious diseases public health, modelers and epidemiologists expressed interest in knowing where to find data on vectors (e.g., mosquitos and ticks) that can be used to predict emerging diseases.

To address this gap, NCCID and NCCEH have compiled a list of provincial entomology datasets on vectors, including what information the databases contain and who to contact to access the data.

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Antimicrobial Stewardship in Long Term/Elder Care: The Case to Act, a Call to Leaders

This March 9, 2017 webinar was developed for senior leaders, decision makers and innovators in long term care—administrators, medical directors, directors of care, or program managers—in provincial, private or voluntary sector organizations. Leads were asked to invite key staff who implement antimicrobial stewardship programs (e.g. infection prevention and control specialists, or nurse practitioners).

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Integrated LTBI Care for Refugees: Successes & Challenges at BridgeCare Clinic in Winnipeg

A centuries-old disease, tuberculosis (TB) remains a major public health concern globally and the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for enhanced efforts to eliminate TB worldwide. In this case study, we share the story of the success of BridgeCare Clinic, a model of integrated TB services for government-assisted refugees for its approach to improving latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) treatment completion outcomes in priority populations.

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Putting the pieces together: a national action plan for AMS

This document provides a road map for improving antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in Canada and lays out a series of 10 areas for a national Action Plan on antimicrobial stewardship. It reflects the broad consensus arising from recent interviews, documents and discussions—and particularly from the June 2016 National Action Roundtable on Antimicrobial Stewardship.

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