It's been a fantastic month with many great steps made towards our goal of elimination! On 4th February, we celebrated World Cancer Day by shedding light on the devastating link between viral hepatitis and liver cancer.
At a policy level, we were delighted to learn, both Malta and England have announced plans to eliminate hepatitis C by 2025. This is fantastic news following the announcement at the World Hepatitis Summit that just nine countries were on track to meet WHO's 2030 elimination targets.
We’ve also created a new section on the NOhep website for you to showcase your activities and experiences. Get in touch and display your work on the NOhep community Page! Together we can share ideas and learn from each other to make NOhep a reality.
Don't miss out on the opportunity to apply for a funded place at the NOhep Village presented by the World Hepatitis Alliance at the Global Hepatitis Summit in Toronto. Applications close 1st March!
Whatever you are doing to continue the fight, we love hearing about your amazing NOhep activism, so please contact us and share your story. You can also connect with the NOhep community on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or use the #NOhep if you would like us to profile your fantastic work!
Hello NOhep Activists! Welcome to your monthly round-up of everything happening in the NOhep community. It's been a fantastic month with many great steps made towards our goal of elimination! On 4th February, we celebrated World Cancer Day by shedding light on the devastating link between viral hep....
The #StigmaStops campaign run by the World Hepatitis Alliance is a fantastic opportunity for everybody in our community to share their stories and break down the stigma surrounding hepatitis in the run-up to Zero Discrimination Day.
Stigma and discrimination have been a huge issue for many people living with viral hepatitis and it’s a core issue when it comes to achieving our shared goal of eliminating this disease by 2030 and making NOhep a reality!
To get involved with the campaign share your story with #StigmaStops and write on the palm of your hand explaining the discrimination or stigma you have faced, or tell us in the comments section below. With so many misconceptions and myths surrounding viral hepatitis many people simply don’t know the truth and this needs to change.
With education and visibility, we can show the world viral hepatitis does not need to be frightening and we should not be treated any differently. As we break down the barriers we can encourage more people to come forward for testing and diagnostics. We can encourage decision makers to take viral hepatitis seriously and we as a community can put pressure on the world to treat us with the same respect and stop stigma. Click the link to download some fantastic resources.
There is still time to apply for a booth at the Global Hepatitis Summit. The NOhep Village will be an interactive and dynamic space and a unique opportunity to foster networking and collaborative learning between patient groups and the scientific community to create a greater and better connected community of advocates.
The Village will showcase the work of civil society and patients through civil society exhibition stands, short talks and panel discussions, videos and networking areas. There are a number of spaces available for organisations who wish to exhibit their work in the NOhep Village. bit.ly/NOhepVillage... See MoreSee Less
At this year’s Global Hepatitis Summit, the World Hepatitis Alliance will bring together the NOhep Village, an interactive and dynamic space to foster networking and collaborative learning between civil society organizations, patients and the scientific community.
Only 1 in 2 newborns have access to cancer preventing vaccines
On World Cancer Day (4 February 2018) we are calling on the hepatitis community to join us in demanding that the hepatitis B vaccine is given to all newborns.
Liver Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths globally, accounting for 830,000* deaths a year. Of these deaths, 350,000 are caused by the hepatitis B virus, a chronic virus that effects the liver. These deaths are largely avoidable as it may surprise you to know a vaccine to prevent hepatitis B exists, which can ultimately protect against liver disease and liver cancer. So if we can prevent all these deaths, why aren’t we?
Worldwide, only 52% of countries provide the hepatitis B vaccine to newborns, when it is most effective in preventing hepatitis B. This means half of the world’s children are still missing out on this potentially live saving treatment. Due to lack of political will to properly tackle this disease in the past, hepatitis B has ravaged communities and in turn has contributed highly to the global death toll for liver cancer.
There has however been significant steps made by the global community in the last few years to scale up vaccinations among infants (under age of five) with 84% of children now having been vaccinated. This has resulted in the instances of hepatitis B falling, which goes to show how much impact a simple vaccination can have.
NOhep Ambassador Raquel Peck said; “Coverage of infants is a good start, but to ensure real impact, we need to guarantee newborns are vaccinated in order to prevent both infection that may occur early in life and to protect against potential mother-to-child transmission if the mother is living with hepatitis B.”
Time for Action
In May 2016, 194 governments committed to eliminating this global disease when they signed up to the Global Viral Hepatitis Strategy set out by the World Health Organization. The strategy includes a target to increase coverage of the hepatitis B birth dose vaccine to 90% by 2030.
On World Cancer Day, we are calling on all NOhep activists, visionaries and supporters to help us raise awareness of this vital issue and hold their government to account, ensuring that the hepatitis B vaccine is part of national immunization and cancer control programmes.
This is our chance to make our voices heard. Join us to eliminate viral hepatitis and prevent needless deaths from liver cancer. #NOhep #WorldCancerDay
Throwback to NOhep ambassador Raquel Peck making an intervention at the UN in Geneva. She said: "A movement is born and this movement has a name. NOhep. Its goal is the elimination of viral hepatitis and the way to get there is to empower the community and amplify people’s voices." Photo credit: Peter Kenny ... See MoreSee Less