Hepatitis C and Immigrants and Newcomers
This page highlights hepatitis C resources for service providers working with immigrants and newcomers from countries where higher rates of hepatitis C are common.
Hepatitis C is important for immigrants and newcomers in Canada because it is estimated that 35% of hepatitis C antibody–positive cases 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
Addressing hepatitis C in the foreign-born population: A key to hepatitis C virus elimination in Canada – Canadian Liver Journal, July 2018
Hepatitis C in Canadian immigrants and newcomers: Why are hepatitis C rates higher in these populations? – Prevention in Focus (CATIE), 2017
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
Hepatitis C Infographic – CATIE
CATIE’s new video campaign, CATIE Kitchen: Talking About Hepatitis C, is for hepatitis C service providers and members of Ontario’s four largest immigrant communities from countries with high prevalence of hepatitis C. The videos raise awareness about hepatitis C prevalence and risk, and the need for testing and linkage to treatment and care.
Featuring members of Chinese, Filipino, Punjabi and Pakistani communities in Canada, the campaign includes one English-language video and videos in each community’s language, increasing awareness of common hepatitis C transmission routes in immigrant communities.
This video created for frontline workers and service providers outlines key information on hepatitis C transmission, testing and treatment for immigrants and newcomers from countries where hepatitis C is common.
This video tells the story of a newcomer, Shujaat, who came to Canada from Pakistan and discovered he had hepatitis C. Through Shujaat’s personal experience of accessing treatment and getting cured (in Urdu with English subtitles), viewers will be encouraged to self-advocate and take charge of their health, especially if they have hepatitis C.
Multilingual client resources
In-language information for patients including frequently asked questions, and diagnostic testing available in Simplified Chinese, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Tagalog – British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, 2015
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
Hepatitis C Updates – CATIE`s electronic newsletter highlighting key hepatitis C prevention, treatment and epidemiology information
hcv411.ca/ – Hepatitis C services in Canada