Infectious Diseases



  • Sexually Transmitted and Blood-borne Infection (STBBI) Prevention
    The prevention of sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBIs), such as HIV, hepatitis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and human papillomavirus, continues to represent an issue of public health importance in Canada. In an effort to support front-line service providers in the provision of STBBI prevention services, CPHA has developed a number of resources that reflect the knowledge and skills required to enhance services and improve health outcomes for those at risk of or living with STBBIs.
  • Canadian HIV/AIDS Information Centre
    The Information Centre provides information on HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support to the public health community, AIDS service organizations, schools and a broad range of other groups and individuals.
  • Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC) HIV/AIDS Project
    CPHA provided technical expertise to the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre’s (CAREC) Special Program on Sexually Transmitted Infections (SPSTI) in the areas of disease surveillance and epidemiological research, health promotion strategies for targeted populations, program planning and policy development, HIV/AIDS care and treatment, information delivery, and NGO capacity building. The project included an organizational assessment of CAREC’s Special Programme on Sexually Transmitted Diseases, which is responsible for the regional HIV/AIDS program.
    Partners: Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC)
  • Developing Community Competence for HIV and AIDS in Southern Africa
    Following its December 2003 registration as a regional NGO in Zimbabwe (the Southern African AIDS Trust - SAT), the Southern African AIDS Training Programme was renamed the Community Competence Development for HIV Prevention Project (CCP). CCP works to strengthen the ability of communities to respond to HIV and AIDS. One of its key strengths and accomplishments is its ability to work on capacity building and organizational development with small, emerging, community-level NGOs. Once self-sufficient, these groups graduate, often providing mentorship and training to new organizations. Since the launch of the Phase III initiative, the project has provided assistance to over 150 local NGOs and AIDS Service Organizations in Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
    Partner: Southern African AIDS Trust (SAT), in partnership with over 150 African NGOs
  • HIV/AIDS Affiliate to the Canadian Health Network (CHN)
    The CHN is a national, non-profit, bilingual web-based health information service. The CHN’s goal is to help Canadians find the information they’re looking for on how to stay healthy and prevent disease. Managed by the Public Health Agency of Canada and built on the expertise of non-governmental organizations such as the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), this unique collaboration is one of the most dynamic and comprehensive networks in the world. As the HIV/AIDS Affiliate, CPHA is responsible for the CHN’s collection of HIV/AIDS web resources.
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention for Women in Canada: A Meta-Ethnographic Synthesis
    Meta-Ethnographic Synthesis ReportOver the last 25 years Canadian researchers, policy makers, and non-governmental organizations have made significant strides developing an in-depth understanding and response to the impact of HIV/AIDS. With this in mind, Dalhousie University, University of Ottawa, University of New Brunswick, University of Alberta, University of Windsor and several national partners (the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, the Canadian AIDS society, the Canadian Public Health Association, the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange) developed this research synthesis project to examine the existing qualitative HIV prevention literature related to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women in Canada.

    The intent of this synthesis was to contribute to a better understanding of women and HIV prevention in Canada as a culturally complex phenomenon as well as a health and social justice issue in need of dynamic and multi-level interventions. Through the use of integrated HIV prevention research findings, the possibility for more effective HIV prevention practice and policy interventions can be realized for, with and by diverse communities of women in Canada.
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention in the Balkans and Eastern Europe
    In 2001, CPHA was awarded a three-year contract with UNICEF to strengthen national responses to HIV/AIDS particularly as it relates to young people in the region. The purpose of the contract was to identify appropriate Canadian technical expertise and to provide training, guidance and advice related to the development of appropriate HIV programs and policies. CPHA worked with the UNICEF Area Office for the Balkans (located in Sarajevo), the UNICEF office in Romania (which also covered Bulgaria) and the UNICEF Office in Moldova and partnered with government agencies, AIDS committees and non-government organizations, to enhance HIV/AIDS related capacity in the region.

    CPHA technical assistance included (but is not limited to): the co-ordination of a rapid assessment and response study related to HIV transmission Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Albania and the UN administered province of Kosovo; training of trainers on voluntary confidential counselling and testing in Macedonia and Serbia; situational analysis related to prevention of mother to child transmission in Serbia; strengthening of HIV surveillance systems in Bulgaria and Macedonia; partnering with the Romanian Ministry of Justice to develop appropriate prison based HIV prevention programs; supporting the development and implementation of national HIV/AIDS strategic plans and building HIV/AIDS communication strategies in Moldova and Bulgaria. CPHA also hosted technical study tours to Canada for representatives from non-government and government organizations in the region. These study tours provided opportunities for dialogue and information sharing on HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and support with Canadian counterparts.
  • Infectious Disease Outbreaks, an online CME
    The Immunization and Respiratory Infections Division of the Public Health Agency of Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Public Health Association and Memorial University of Newfoundland are pleased to announce the launch of Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Tools and strategies for front-line clinicians, an online course resulting from the project Early Detection and Response Course for Health Professionals in Canada. The Infectious Disease Outbreaks course is aimed primarily at front-line clinicians, including family doctors, emergency physicians, paediatricians, nurses, nurse practitioners, and outpost nurses. It has also been accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Fédération des médecins ominipraticiens du Québec, and has been endorsed by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Public Health Network Council. The course assists in increasing Canada’s capacity to detect, report and contain emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases of public health significance and also meets national surveillance and laboratory requirements as well as international surveillance requirements.
  • Preparing the Canadian Public Health Community for New HIV Prevention Technologies: Understanding the Knowledge, Information Needs and Potential Role of Public Health Workers in Canada and Learning from the Experiences in Southeast Europe
    Summary report This project aims to enhance understanding of the current knowledge, information needs, challenges and potential role of public health workers in Canada with respect to new HIV prevention technologies (NPTs) and contribute to the introduction and roll-out of NPTs in Canada. Through a partnership with non-government organizations in Southeast Europe, the project will also contribute to the beginning of a similar process in the Balkans region and will produce internationally relevant tools and materials as part of Canada’s contribution to the development of global policies and frameworks in HIV vaccine delivery.

    CPHA will analyze the knowledge currently held by public health workers regarding HIV prevention technologies, and develop strategies to enhance the capacity of these workers to assist in the introduction and delivery of HIV vaccines and new prevention technologies as they become available.

    The expected results of the project include: an analysis of the infrastructure and education required for the introduction of HIV vaccines and NPTs in Canada; an understanding of the potential role for public health workers with respect to HIV prevention technologies in Canada and in the Balkans; and the enhanced ability of public health workers to introduce and deliver an HIV vaccine and new prevention technologies, particularly to vulnerable populations in Canada.
  • Prevent, Prepare, Protect
    A pandemic influenza outbreak has the potential to overwhelm Canada’s healthcare system, disrupt the economy and contribute to social unease. Consistent messaging from a variety of credible sources, we believe, will assist in slowing the spread of the disease. CPHA is working with many partners to strengthen communications about pandemic influenza. Our goal is to educate and promote awareness of pandemic influenza within Canada by supporting and enhancing government initiatives.
    Final report (PDF: 5.4m), executive summary (PDF: 39k)
    Partner: Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Primary care readiness for a pandemic influenza
    Public health can play an important consultative/coordination role in supporting the development of “best practices” in the provision of primary care during a pandemic public health emergency. For this initiative, CPHA worked in partnership with the College of Family Physicians of Canada to develop two fact sheets to assist family physicians in the event of an influenza pandemic: Preparing for pandemic influenza: What family physicians should know and How to maintain your family practice during pandemic influenza. These fact sheets were evidence-informed through research, key informant interviews, surveys and a roundtable.