Hepatitis C and Immigrants and Newcomers
This page highlights hepatitis C resources for service providers working with immigrants and newcomers from countries where hepatitis C virus (HCV) is endemic.
Hepatitis C is important for immigrants and newcomers in Canada because it is estimated that 35% of hepatitis C infections in Canada are among people born outside of the country.
As hepatitis C is a slow-progressing disease that often does not show symptoms and is not consistently screened for, it is important for service providers to understand how it uniquely affects this priority population, and encourage clients to get tested and know their status.
Hepatitis C Information
Reports and publications
Priority directions to address hepatitis C amongst immigrants and newcomers to Canada from high-prevalence countries from the full report Windows of opportunity: Integrated hepatitis C programming approaches for priority populations – CATIE, 2015.
Screening for hepatitis C infection: evidence review for newly arriving immigrants and refugees – Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health
CATIE’s Hepatitis C Ethnocultural Outreach, Education and Social Marketing Program – Programming Connection case study
Multilingual client resources
Living healthy: What you need to know about hepatitis C in Canada – This brochure developed by the Sexuality Education Resource Centre includes basic hepatitis C transmission, testing and treatment information in English, Amharic, Arabic, French, Oromo, Somali, Swahili and Tigrigna. Available from the CATIE Ordering Centre.
Key message videos
Other CATIE hepatitis C resources
Hepatitis C: An In-Depth Guide – Comprehensive information on all aspects of hepatitis C prevention, transmission, and healthy living
HepCInfo Updates – CATIE`s bi-weekly electronic newsletter highlighting key hepatitis C prevention, treatment and epidemiology information
hcv411.ca/ – Hepatitis C services in Canada