How a made-in-BC strategy could bring an end to AIDS in Canada. - Julio Montaner & Ryan Meili, March 16, 2015

Rising to the Challenge: Toward an Effective Response to HIV and Hepatitis C in Saskatchewan

1) Have a plan that is proportional to the problem, with a clear leader for its implementation with sufficient resources in place to achieve success. Consider recruitment of an outside expert in the field. Establish clear lines of responsibility and accountability. Work closely with provincial, federal, municipal, First Nations and Métis leadership to ensure plan reaches entire population. 

2) Establish the necessary dedicated and supported HIV programming in order to reach 90-90-90 (90% of people with HIV diagnosed, 90% of those diagnosed on treatment, and 90% of those on treatment virally suppressed) by 2020.

3) Develop and implement well-resourced province-wide public education programs for HIV prevention and stigma reduction.

4) Implement universal HIV screening – including expansion of point-of-care testing – with an emphasis on hard to reach to populations such as those living on reserve and those in the urban core.

5) Increase addictions support, harm reduction programming, and mental health services to reduce transmission of HIV and to increase linkage and retention in care for those living with HIV. 

6) Introduce full first-dollar coverage of all HIV medications and related laboratory monitoring. Increase prescriber and pharmacy support to optimize adherence to medications. 

7) Recruit an appropriate complement of infectious disease specialists.

8) Increase multidisciplinary care capacity numbers of staff in case management/outreach, social work, nursing, psychology and nutrition. 

9) Increase capacity to deliver HIV primary health care through recruitment, training, and support to primary care teams. Develop appropriate compensation mechanisms to facilitate this work. 

10) Emphasize ongoing monitoring and evaluation of efforts with regular reporting of standardized indicators stratified by relevant demographics. Develop and support a provincial HIV database for evaluation in accordance. 


Advancing Treatment, Care, and Prevention Through Research

SHARE: ​Saskatchewan HIV/AIDS Research Endeavour

Dr. Mona Loutfy, ID Specialist; Researcher;

Women's College Hospital; University of Toronto; Maple Leaf Medical Clinic

    Margaret Poitras CEO, All Nations Hope AIDS Network 

      Getting to 90-90-90

      10 Key Elements of a Successful Plan for HIV in Saskatchewan (2015)

      • Indigenous health and care
        ​     Morning presenter: Dr. Earl Nowgesic

      2016 PRAIRIE HIV / HCV BENCHMARK MEETING - April 6th, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

      Due to the success of the 2015 Prairie HIV/HCV Benchmark Meeting and the growing interest by healthcare professionals, community stakeholders, and policy administrators from across Saskatchewan, the prairies, and beyond, the 2016 Benchmark Meeting will be broadcasted over Webex. PLEASE CHECK BACK SOON FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ONLINE REGISTRATION. 

      Dr. Ryan Meili, Family Physician; Assistant Professor; SHARE; Upstream

        The 2016 Prairies HIV/HCV Benchmark Meeting is positioned as an opportunity for experts and concerned stakeholders from across Saskatchewan, the prairies, and Canada to discuss, develop, and plan the next steps for best to implement treatment, care, and prevention strategies that can achieve the goals of a 90-90-90 plan. The Saskatchewan HIV/AIDS Research Endeavour is pleased to announce that this years HIV/HCV Benchmark meeting will focus specifically on: 

        Benchmark Meeting MEDIA (select)

        Executive Summary

        A summary of the key points, concerns, and strategies for HIV treatment, care, and prevention in Saskatchewan (2015).

        HIV report authors look to stop epidemic.- Angela Hill, August 29, 2015

        Benchmark Report

        Lessons learned across  Western Canada, regional concerns in Saskatchewan, and a strategy for getting to 90-90-90 (2015).

        • Addictions and mental health
           ​Afternoon presenters: Drs. M-J Milloy, Keith Ahamad

        Dr. Julio S. G. Montaner, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS; IDC; Physician Program for HIV/AIDS

        • Dr. Montaner is considered the leading HIV/AIDS expert in British Columbia and a global leader in HIV/AIDS research. He is the Director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, the Chair in AIDS Research and Head of the Division of AIDS in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and the past-president of the International AIDS Society. He is the world's most prominent HIV researcher and recent recipient of the Office of the Order of Canada for his work in the field.