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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…



Telus Expands “Internet for Good” Program

by Whitney

Telus has expanded it’s “Internet for Good” program to include persons living with disabilities in Alberta and BC who receive financial assistance from the provincial government through the provincial disabilities program.  The “Internet for Good” program provides high speed internet for $9.95 a month for individuals who qualify. For more information, https://www.telus.com/en/about/company-overview/community-investment/how-we-give/cause-campaigns/internet-for-good



Alberta Introduces Bill to Increase Plasma Supply

by Whitney

Subject: Tell Your MLA to Support the Bill to Repeal    Dear CIPO Alberta Members, Today, MLA for Wood Buffalo, Tany Yao, introduced a private members bill to repeal the Voluntary Blood Donations Act.  The Voluntary Blood Donations Act: Passed in 2017 under the NDP Government, the Voluntary Blood Donations Act banned all compensation for…



CIPO Makes Statement at Canadian Blood Services

by Whitney

Our ED, Whitney made a statement at the Canadian Blood Services virtual open board meeting on Tuesday June 23rd. Whitney addressed a couple of pressing issues facing the PI community today, including the impact of COVID-19, the potential of an IG shortage and home delivery of SCIG for immunodeficiency patients.  Read Whitney’s statement on behalf…



COVID-19 Update

by Whitney

October 7th 2021 Update: CIPO Statement on COVID-19 CIPO has received many inquiries related to COVID-19, most of which are related to patient medical care, provincial guidelines, or vaccine access. For specific medical inquiries, please contact your healthcare provider, or treating specialist.  CIPO COVID-19 Webinars: CIPO has hosted three webinars about PI & COVID-19 our “Ask…



“Ask the Experts 2: COVID-19 & PI” Webinar

by Whitney

Get your questions answered by CIPO’s medical co-Chairs, Dr. Stephen Betschel and Dr. Bruce Ritchie. After the success of our first webinar, we are hosting another “Ask the Experts: COVID-19 & PI” on June 10th at 6pm EDT (3pm PDT). The session will last exactly 1 hour in length and will be recorded.  We will…



CIPO Spring Newsletter

by Whitney

Spring news 2020   Letter from the Chair Greetings and welcome to June!  Summer is creeping up on us quickly, but I must admit this has been the oddest Spring in my memory. Since mid March, we have been experiencing a lifestyle to which we are not accustomed. “Social distancing” and “isolating” are now common…



Home Delivery for SCIG

by Whitney

Accessing your product during COVID-19 is an added stress that immunodeficiency patients do not need. With this in mind, CIPO has been working in partnership with other patient organizations, our medical advisors, and Canadian Blood Services to secure home delivery of plasma products during the pandemic. The aim of this advocacy initiative has been to keep…