NOhep News Headlines March 2019

Welcome to your round-up of everything happening in the NOhep world! Read NOhep News in full here, or catch up with the headlines below. If you want to receive future editions of NOhep news, sign up to our movement here

NOhep Google Doodle Campaign

We need your help!

Join us in requesting that Google marks World Hepatitis Day, 28th July, with a Google Doodle sketch of Barry Blumberg, the man who discovered the hepatitis B virus and developed the hepatitis B vaccine.

Blumberg’s pioneering work has made it possible for us to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030, making him the perfect ambassador for the NOhep movement on World Hepatitis Day.

Google Doodles hyperlink through to information about the person involved and always generate media interest; this will help NOhep to reach new audiences, raise awareness of this silent killer, and save lives.

With your help we can persuade Google to raise awareness of this incredible man and our movement!

 

Pakistan

As many as seven million people in Pakistan are infected with hepatitis C, making it one of the worst-affected countries on the planet.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is running a pilot project in Machar Colony, a Karachi slum, which aims to cure hepatitis C patients in small grassroots clinics rather than in central hospitals.

MSF can buy Indian-made treatment for $120 per course in Pakistan and expects the price to go down further. MSF’s Dr Hassan Zahid added:

“This could be game changing, not only for public health… but it is a miracle waiting to happen. The day the government begins to put its weight behind it, it will be something which will be a revolution”.

You can read the article in full here!

 

Scotland

Professor Jeffrey Lazarus and Professor Sharon Hutchinson recently sat down for an interview about viral hepatitis. Prof. Hutchinson, who teaches at Glasgow Caledonian University, took the time to tell us about her work, the role for hepatitis patient groups in research and advocacy, and her vision for the future of hepatitis treatment.

 

India

Amitabh Bachchan is a man of many hats: Bollywood star, hepatitis B patient and the World Health Organization’s Goodwill Ambassador for Hepatitis in South-East Asia Region. He spoke out recently about the anger and pain he feels that women in India who have hepatitis suffer discrimination for their disease.

Speaking at the launch of India’s National Action Plan to combat viral hepatitis, he said:

“Women are half the power of the country, they are the strength of the country. They must be given the respect and dignity that all deserve. To be discriminated [against] like this just because they are carrying hepatitis B virus is not acceptable. I will fight for this as long as I am alive.”

You can find out more about India’s National Action Plan here!

 

In this month’s NOhep Supporter Spotlight, we focus on Karen Hoyt.

Karen is a NOhep supporter, former hepatitis C patient and the recipient of a liver transplant. Karen has long been a pillar of her community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she was a volunteer, schoolteacher and Sunday school teacher before her diagnosis with hepatitis C in 2010 and subsequent liver failure.

The damage to her liver was so bad that, at one point, she was advised to make end-of-life plans with her daughter… thankfully, this was not how her story ended.

Read her account of life as a hepatitis patient, and find out how she uses her experience to support other people living with hepatitis.