Advocacy Updates

Media Coverage


LaPresse.caAu coeur du souffle de l’espoir, January 17th, 2017.

Coup d’œil | Hypertension artérielle pulmonaire : une jeune femme atteinte d’une maladie rare, November 22nd, 2016. | Working to keep livin’: Drug costs mean DND adviser can’t retire, November 13th, 2016. | DND contractor needs to keep working to pay for life-saving drugs, November 12th, 2016. | Ontario PAH Patients Rally to Demand Public Funding of Drug Opsumit, December 4th, 2015. | December 4th, 2015. | Calling for Access to Effective Treatment, December 16th, 2015.

CBC News Saskatchewan | Scleroderma Group Seeks More Help from Sask. Government, June 6th, 2016.


Daytime Ottawa, Rogers TV, May 8th, 2017.

The Carol Anne Meehan Show, 1310 News, May 4th, 2017. To listen to the interview, click here.

The Natasha Hall Show, CJAD-800AM, January 5th, 2017. To listen to the interview, click here.

Television du Haut Richelieu, É, November 21st, 2016.

The Current, CBC Radio Saskatchewan, June 6th, 2016. To listen to the interview, click here.

Government Updates

World PH Day 2017

On May 5, 2017 the PH community gathered at the Ottawa Heart Institute, to join PHA Canada in celebrating the sixth annual World PH Day, an event dedicated to raising awareness for PH globally. World PH Day celebrates the strength and resiliency of the PH community, the developments in the areas of PH research and treatment, and brings attention to the need to improve the quality of life of more than 25 million people living worldwide with the disease. The World PH Day celebration was a wonderful success, attended by more than 40 patients, caregivers, advocates, and medical professionals from the Ottawa PH community. It was also attended by four local government representatives who are now being engaged to address the ongoing issue of lack of access to treatment faced by Canadians with PAH.

Dr. Lisa Mielniczuk

Dr. Lisa Mielniczuk

James Altimas and MPP John Fraser

James Altimas and MPP John Fraser

Joan Gibson and Harry Kingston

Joan Gibson and Harry Kingston

Marie Andrée Malette and Teri Kingston

Marie Andrée Malette and Teri Kingston

Treat Rare Disease Press Conference 2017

On February 28, 2017, otherwise known as International Rare Disease Day, MPP Michael Harris and MPP Jeff Yurek stood alongside patients – including Take Action PAH advocates Jeannie Tom and Joan Paulin – who are falling through the cracks of Ontario’s healthcare system. Jeannie Tom spoke during the press conference and reminded government that to date, three new treatments for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), including systemic scleroderma-associated PAH (SSc-PAH), remain unfunded and inaccessible to patients who need them in Ontario. As such, PAH specialists are unable to exercise their individual clinical judgement, which is essential to the proper treatment of PAH, including SSc-PAH. To view a video of the press conference, please click here.

2017 Treat Rare Disease Press Conference


Louise Goulet, President of The Scleroderma Association of Saskatchewan, and Richard Douglas (both scleroderma patients) had the privilege of meeting with the Hon. Dustin Duncan, Minister of Health, to discuss the struggles pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patients, including those with systemic scleroderma-associated PAH (SSc-PAH) are facing in Saskatchewan. Louise and Richard took to the opportunity to deliver more than 100 postcards on behalf of SSc-PAH patients to urge him to put words into action and provide immediate, publicly funded access to all Health Canada approved PAH medications.

Scleroderma Association of Saskatchewan with SK MOH


On behalf of those living with PAH, including those with SSc-PAH, Ontario MPP Michael Harris delivered 833 postcards to the Hon. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, on June 6, 2016, requesting he puts words into action and ensure all PAH patients, including those with SSc-PAH, have immediate, publicly funded access to all Health Canada approved PAH medications.

Tweet to funding decision makers

Click on one of the Tweets below to contact your Premier or Health Minister (you must be logged in/log in to Twitter)