May 22, 2013
The Old Brewery Mission in Montreal, Canada, has unveiled a new facility known as Pause Sante, which will provide 14 of the city's homeless with a unique place to stay while they undergo year-long hepatitis C treatment. Healthcare authorities familiar with the challenges of curing hepatitis C welcome the initiative, the first of its kind in Canada. Treatment is approximately 70 percent successful; however, according to Old Brewery Mission Director Matthew Pierce, it is very debilitating and cannot be done on the streets. The treatment option offers hope to individuals whose health is often otherwise overlooked.