Release a federal STBBI Implementation Plan oriented toward the elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030.
Adequately support community-based organizations to implement elimination strategies.
Federal STBBI Implementation Plan
While most people living with viral hepatitis receive health coverage through their province or territory, 3 priority populations receive their health coverage from the federal government: Indigenous people, those in federal prisons, and some newcomers.
For this reason, the federal government committed to releasing a federal STBBI Implementation Plan shortly after the release of the pan-Canadian STBBI Framework for Action (released in July 2018). So where is it?
This federal STBBI Implementation Plan, oriented toward the elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030, is a way for the federal government to take leadership on this important issue.
Adequate support for community-based organizations
Much of the work of carrying out an Implementation Plan will fall to community-based organizations.
The current funding through the HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund (CAF), administered by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), will not go far enough.
Community-based organizations require adequate, stable funding in order to help the government meet our 2030 targets. This is a way for the federal government to ensure Implementation Plans are successful.