NOhep News: February 2020

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Welcome to the first NOhep News of 2020. We hope you found the top tips for raising awareness of NOhep in January useful; we had a surge in new supporters joining the movement thanks to your efforts!

This month, we bring you a great micro-elimination update from the United Arab Emirates and news about a newly-launched hepatitis B screening and vaccination initiative in central Uganda.

We also have updates from #NOhep supporters in Bangladesh, the UK and Australia, and an interesting new Supporter Spotlight from Milan Mishkovikj from Macedonia. If you’d like your NOhep activities featured in NOhep News, or you’re interested in being our next Supporter Spotlight, please get in touch at connect@nohep.org.

Supporter Spotlight: Milan Mishkovikj

Milan Mishkovikj hoped someone would step up to lead the fight against viral hepatitis in Macedonia. When no one did, he realised it would have to be him. He founded liver patients’ organisation Hepar Centar-Bitola in 2012, and has been working to drive better liver health and the elimination of viral hepatitis in Macedonia ever since.

Find out more about Milan and Hepar Centar-Bitola here.

My inspiration for working in the field of viral hepatitis is very simple - it's about saving human lives

NOhep Community Activity

Bangladesh

NOhep super supporters The National Liver Foundation of Bangladesh (NLFB) held their annual NOhep cricket tournament in December – and it looks like it was a fantastic day! You can catch up with the highlights here.

NLFB also met Pakistan cricket legend Shadab Khan, whose hepatitis C diagnosis hit the news last year. Here he is showing his support for NOhep!

Australia

The team at Kombi Clinic take hepatitis C testing and treatment to where it’s needed most in their innovative mobile outreach clinic. They were recently joined by a camera crew on a visit to a drop-in centre in Brisbane. Watch the video to meet the Kombi Clinic team and find out how their groundbreaking approach is transforming lives.

United Kingdom

The UK’s National Health Service Substance Misuse Provider Alliance (NHS SMPA) have launched an exciting new project called HepCULater, which aims to eliminate hepatitis C in all its members’ drug and alcohol services by 2023!

Find out more about the project here, and follow the latest updates on Twitter here.