Antibiotics Matter: Ethical questions about Antibiotic Stewardship // WEBINAR

25 February 2019 @  1PM eastern // This webinar will explore ethical considerations of appropriate prescribing of antibiotics of public health, primary care and specialist physicians, where there may be perceived tension between duty to individual patients and duty to avoid overuse of antimicrobials. Dr. Lynora Saxinger will survey the ethics of antimicrobial stewardship, including how this is framed by national physician societies, and offer some current and evolving strategies to help balance practitioners’ concerns, such as whether they will be held accountable for any harm from withholding treatment, or fears of doing something ‘new’ or non-normative among their colleagues. Participants will have a chance to discuss problems and practical issues in an interactive Q & A session following the presentation, and registrants are invited to submit questions of interest. // REGISTER HERE.

Canadian Antibiotic Awareness Week, November 12-18, is a time to raise awareness about the need for correct and cautious use of antibiotics to help control the increase in resistant bacteria and hard-to-treat infections. Held each November, the event coincides with World Antibiotic Awareness Week, led by global champions for the responsible use of antibiotics. In Canada, the campaign is led by NCCID, joined by leaders in public health, antimicrobial stewardship, quality healthcare, and patient safety. A growing number of partners come together under the banner of Think Twice, Seek Advice, asking Canadians to check their assumptions and speak to their healthcare providers about when antibiotics are needed and when they are not. On this campaign page, the public and health providers will find many resources developed by partnering experts to help promote the sensible use of antibiotics.

PODCAST | Infectious Questions

A public health podcast produced by NCCID, Infectious Questions connects those with infectious disease questions to those with answers. Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher.

Disease Debrief: Syphilis

The third most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection (STI) after Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in Canada, Syphilis is an infection that can cause serious health consequences if left untreated.

Learn more in our newest NCCID Disease Debrief.

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Reaching underserved populations: leveraging new testing technologies

New diagnostic technologies for STBBIs have the potential to improve timely diagnosis and treatment and expand testing in underserved populations by offering a solution to rethink service delivery models with more flexible, contextually adapted, and culturally relevant programs. Explore NCCID resources to learn more about the new technologies for STBBI testing in Canada and elsewhere, and the program options in which they have been integrated to improve testing in underserved populations.

Reaching the UNAIDS / WHO HIV 90-90-90 targets by 2020: What’s next to improve the estimate measurement in Canada?

In April 2017, NCCID held a meeting to discuss the National HIV Cascade measures. Read the summary of the meeting and learn more about provincial and territorial strategies to measure progress toward the HIV 90-90-90 targets, key challenges, lessons learned and next steps to improve measurement process.

mathematical modelling

Mathematical Modelling in Public Health

A mathematical model is a virtual experiment set up to test a hypothesis. It creates a controlled environment where complex relationships between biological, environmental, demographic and behavioral factors can be represented. For public health, mathematical models can be used to test different “what if” scenarios and the results can help inform policy, programs and practice.

NCCID has released two new resources about modelling and public health. A video (produced in partnership with NCCMT) introduces public health to modelling. As a companion piece, NCCID developed a case study of a collaboration between public health in Winnipeg and modellers in Toronto to assess the benefits of new interventions aimed at a reduction in syphilis infections.

Canadian Databases for Vector Diseases

In 2016, public health practitioners and analysts, as well mathematical modelling researchers were brought together to learn from each other how the two disciplines – modelling and public health – can collaborate to improve disease prevention and control. In order to explore this new frontier, they expressed the need for finding data on vectors (such as mosquitos) that can be used to predict emerging diseases. The NCCID and NCCEH have partnered to create the Canadian Databases for Disease Vectors in order to fill this gap.

Disease Debrief: Group A Streptococcus

NCCID has developed this disease debrief to provide Canadian public health practicioners and clinicians with up-to-date information on Group A Streptococcus.