Month: October 2020

IG Supply Update

by Whitney

October 14th Re: Possible Disruptions IVIG CIPO has been advised by Canadian Blood Services and the National Emergency Blood Management Committee that due to the drop in donations in plasma worldwide and the mounting pressure on demand for immune globulin globally, there is the possibility for supply disruptions in the future.  What This Means  If…



Call for Board Volunteers

by Whitney

CIPO is currently accepting nominations to the National Board of Directors. If you, or someone you know, is interested in filling one of the positions on the board, please send the nomination via email to info@cipo.ca, and a member of the nominations team will be in touch. Nominations will be accepted until November 1st.  Vacancies…



We’re Hiring a Fundraiser!

by Whitney

CIPO is currently looking for a special someone to join our expanding team as a Fund Development Coordinator. If you, or someone you know, might be the right fit, send us a cover letter and resume to info@cipo.ca. We’d love to have you join us! We are accepting applications until November 13th.  This post is…



IPOPI Calls on Increased Plasma Supply

by Whitney

Last week was International Plasma Awareness Week and IPOPI (the International Patient Organization for Primary Immunodeficiency) has announced “7 Measures for Increasing Plasma Supply” During IPAW 2020 we have been calling for national, regional and international decision makers to consider ways of safely increasing plasma collection, by following 7 specific measures. Sufficient plasma collection is…



Alberta Alert! We need your help

by Whitney

On October 5, CIPO wrote to the Alberta Minister of Health, Tyler Shandro, asking for access to gene therapy for two children (under the age of 2) who have been diagnosed with ADA-SCID, a severe form of immunodeficiency.  Both children are not candidates for bone marrow transplant, and are currently receiving an enzyme replacement therapy…



Tell Us Your Experience

by Whitney

CIPO would like to hear from you if you tried to receive home delivery for your plasma product during COVID-19. Please take our short (3 question) survey here.  As you may know, CIPO worked with Canadian Blood Services and other patient organizations to set up a home delivery service at the beginning of the pandemic.…



International Plasma Awareness Week!

by Whitney

October 5-9 is International Plasma Awareness Week, a week where we raise awareness of this vital resource. Plasma donation is currently down roughly 25% globally during the COVID-19 pandemic and that will have consequences on the already strained global immune globulin supply. During IPAW, we at CIPO would like to raise awareness around the need…