World Hepatitis Day Ottawa 2016

A look back on Ottawa's fifth annual World Hepatitis Day event, which took place July 27th at Ottawa City Hall's Marion Dewar Plaza.

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  1. On Wednesday, July 27th, for the fifth year running, the Canadian Society for International Health along with 16 community organizations, health professionals, city officials and businesses, gathered at Marion Dewar Plaza outside City Hall to put on the World Hepatitis Day 2016 Ottawa event.
  2. The main goal of WHD Ottawa was to promote access to prevention, testing, and treatment for Canadians affected by hepatitis.
  3. Deputy Mayor Bob Monette proclaimed July 28th, 2016 as World Hepatitis Awareness Day in Ottawa, the official global date endorsed by the World Health Organization. He was joined by City Councillor Shad Qadri.
  4. Also taking part in the celebrations were Dr. Carolyn Pim from Ottawa Public Health, Dr. Curtis Cooper of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and Member of Parliament Dean Allison, who were happy to speak at the event.
  5. This year's event saw 550+ people pass through a number of booths set up to provide information on hepatitis testing, treatment and health services available in the community.
  6. A complimentary barbecue lunch was set to tunes provided by Prosper and G.P.M. DJs. Furthermore, participants were able to put their new knowledge to the test to be eligible to win one of many raffle prizes, including tickets to Centretown's Escape Manor, free yoga passes, and gift certificates to Universal Tattoo, Living Colour and The Ink Spot tattoo parlours. Many thanks to our sponsors for their continued support!
  7. A World Health Organization initiative, the World Hepatitis Day campaign aims to improve public knowledge of risks of viral hepatitis, and to call for access to treatment, better prevention programs and government action. Throughout the community, this year’s message was made loud and clear: "Know Your Status? Get Tested - Learn Your Options."
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