Prevention in Focus

Spring 2013 

CATIE launches multilingual outreach project to raise hepatitis C awareness

Recognizing that hepatitis C is highly prevalent among some immigrant populations, CATIE now offers multilingual hepatitis C online and print resources. Information is available in Simplified Chinese (简体中文), Tagalog, Punjabi (ਗੁਰਮੁਖੀ) and Urdu (اردو). 

Online info – At yourlanguage.hepcinfo.ca, visitors can find information on:

  • the virus, liver function and why immigrants should be aware of hepatitis C transmission
  • the importance of getting tested, despite the challenges immigrants may face in managing their health and accessing healthcare in Canada
  • testing procedures

Print publications – Colourful pamphlets, available in Simplified Chinese/EnglishTagalog/EnglishPunjabi/English and Urdu/English, can be ordered from the CATIE Ordering Centre.

The webpages and pamphlets are available free-of-charge to individuals and frontline service organizations across Canada.

The webpages and pamphlets were launched as part of an Ontario-wide media awareness campaign, “Hepatitis C. Learn more. Get tested,” supported by the Hepatitis C Secretariat of the AIDS Bureau at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. The campaign included print and online newspaper advertisements as well as radio public service announcements (PSAs) in all four languages, as well as English. These ads and PSAs directed people to the multilingual webpages.

People in Ontario who would like to speak to someone about hepatitis C can call Toronto Public Health’s AIDS and Sexual Health Infoline at 1-800-668-2437. This phone service offers people free and anonymous HIV, hepatitis and sexual health counselling as well as information about testing sites in up to 16 languages.

CATIE’s multilingual outreach project is also connecting with immigrant-serving organizations, accessible hepatitis C testing sites and treatment supports. CATIE is making valuable contacts with these organizations, conducting workshops on hepatitis C and engaging organizations and individuals from across Ontario in this work.

For more info about these resources or the project, please contact Hywel Tuscano: htuscano@catie.ca

For both simple and in-depth information on hepatitis C, in English and French, visitors can also go to CATIE’s website www.hepcinfo.ca