The Public Health Agency of Canada is responsible for the overall coordination of the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada. The Federal Initiative – a partnership between the Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Correctional Service Canada – works towards a Canada free from HIV and AIDS and the underlying conditions that make Canadians vulnerable to the epidemic. In addition to coordination (which includes joint planning, monitoring and evaluation), the Public Health Agency of Canada is responsible for HIV/AIDS communications, social marketing, national and regional programs, policy development, surveillance, laboratory science and global engagement focussing on technical assistance, and policy advice.
The Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR) is a national, charitable organization that responds to the rehabilitation needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. The Working Group bridges the traditionally separate worlds of HIV, disability and rehabilitation and, through research, education and cross-sector partnerships, works to improve the lives of people with HIV.
CMEonHIV.com is dedicated to providing online CME presentations (slides with voiceover) on HIV/AIDS for healthcare professionals given by local and international experts to keep you up-to-date on the ongoing developments in the field.
An integral component of the implementation of the Aboriginal Strategy for HIV and AIDS in BC is the creation of the Red Road HIV/AIDS Network (RRHAN) which incorporated on May 7, 1999. The purpose of the Network is to:
* reduce or prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS
* improve the health and wellness of Aboriginal people living with HIV/AIDS
* increase awareness about HIV/AIDS and establish a network which supports the development and delivery of culturally appropriate, innovative, coordinated, accessible, inclusive and accountable HIV/AIDS programs and services
The Populations at Risk article at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) outlines HIV/AIDS issues in Canada and ways to address them in eight populations: those living with HIV/AIDS, gay men, people who inject drugs, Aboriginal peoples, prison inmates, youth at risk, women and people from countries where HIV is endemic. The article includes facts, statistics and is well-referenced.
The Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) is Canada’s source for up-to-date, unbiased information about HIV and hepatitis C. It connects people living with HIV or hepatitis C, at-risk groups, health providers and community agencies with resources and expertise to reduce transmission and improve quality of life. CATIE provides information about HIV and AIDS so patients can make informed choices about their health and health providers and frontline organizations can respond to clients’ needs.
The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) is a not-for-profit coalition of individuals and organizations providing leadership, support and advocacy for Aboriginal people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. CAAN also produces the Canadian Journal of Aboriginal Community-Based HIV/AIDS Research (CJACBR) and many research reports.
The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (MSSC) is a source of up-to-date information about multiple sclerosis which has become the most common neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada. Its website contains information about its mission and values, the National Impact Report, donations, who sits on the National Board of Directors and many other pertinent public files.
The Canadian Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (CANAC) is a national nursing organization committed to fostering excellence in HIV/AIDS nursing, promoting the health, rights and dignity of persons affected by HIV/AIDS and preventing the spread of HIV infection.
The CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN) is a partnership of groups committed to developing treatments, vaccines and a cure for HIV disease and AIDS through the conduct of scientifically sound and ethical clinical trials. CTN is committed to scientific excellence and ethical integrity in all projects and working with the pharmaceutical industry, researchers and physicians and people living with HIV/AIDS. Includes the Networks study blog.