Connecting with Care uses powerful storytelling to profile innovative models of care for hepatitis c elimination among people who use drugs. These films give a voice to the community, telling their stories and showcasing best practice from across the globe.
The project aims to inspire community organisations, practitioners, advocates and policymakers by showcasing emerging and innovative best practice. The first three films in the campaign were delivered in partnership with our Canadian partners CATIE and CanHepC, and filmmaker Conor Ashleigh, which tell the stories of innovative models of care in Ahtahkakoop, Montreal and Toronto.
We have since produced a digital story ‘Connecting with Care South Africa’ with Conor Ashleigh and partners TB HIV Care and the South African Network of People who Use Drugs (SANPUD). In early 2021, we’ll be building on the Connecting with Care project by launching an education component including an interactive toolkit and infographics profiling best practice models of care from across the INHSU network and beyond.
Connecting with Care – Ahtahkakoop
In this award-winning film, we discover the success of the Know Your Status project, pioneered by the Ahtahkakoop Health Centre in a remote region of Western Canada. Connecting with Care Ahtahkakoop was awarded the overall grand prize at the Global Hepatitis Elimination Film Awards. The prize money rewarded will be invested back into the communities profiled.
Connecting with Care – Toronto
In downtown Toronto, we discover the Toronto Community Hep C Program (TCHCP) and how peer-driven support groups are as transformational as treatment. Connecting with Care Montreal and Connecting with Care Toronto were given honourable mentions at the Global Hepatitis Elimination Film Awards.
Connecting with Care – Montreal
Just outside of Montreal, the community-based organisation Centre sida Amitié (CSA) was founded in 1990 to meet the need for HIV and sexual health services outside of the urban core. After almost 30 years, CSA has developed a strong reputation for providing deep, respectful care for marginalised members of the local community. Connecting with Care Montreal and Connecting with Care Toronto were given honourable mentions at the Global Hepatitis Elimination Film Awards.
Connecting with Care – South Africa
Connecting with Care South Africa explores the daily challenges and barriers for people who inject drugs in accessing appropriate hard reduction and health care services including testing and treatment for hepatitis C. Connecting with Care South Africa was awarded first prize in the Political and Civil Support category at the Global Hepatitis Elimination Film Awards. The prize money rewarded will be invested back into the communities profiled.
The film was captured during INHSU Africa 2020.