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Last month, we joined forces on World Hepatitis Day (WHD) to make a global impact. Many of us took the fight for elimination online – have a look at the results from the day:
In addition, #WorldHepatitisDay trended in SIX countries, meaning our message had a potential reach of over 1 billion people!
Thank you to all of the incredible NOhep supporters that raised awareness of NOhep on WHD.
Pakistan’s government announces new plan to eliminate hepatitis
On World Hepatitis Day, Pakistan stepped into the spotlight when they announced an ambitious new plan to eliminate hepatitis.
15 million people in Pakistan are living with hepatitis B and C. According to the World Health Organisation, 23,720 people died of hepatitis-related causes in Pakistan in 2016, that’s 64 people every single day.
The Ministry of Health Services, Regulations and Coordination announced new national plans for injection safety, safe blood transfusion, and national infection control guidelines. The implementation will be overseen by the newly created National Task Force of the Ministry.
“Every one of us has a role to play in eliminating hepatitis in Pakistan. We have political will and policy tools to stop hepatitis at its roots, particularly, by improving the state of poor injection safety through implementing the new policies launched today,” said Dr Zafar Mirza, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health.
Read more here.
We’ve also seen great announcements from Malaysia, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Rwanda, Scotland and more, and we’re excited to see so many commitments from around the world that will bring us one step closer to a NOhep world.
Whilst working as an internal medicine physician at Arud, Dr Philip Bruggmann became aware of the high burden of hepatitis C.
At the same time, Dr Bruggmann also noticed how health authorities in Switzerland were neglecting the issue of viral hepatitis. To help tackle this global killer, Dr Bruggmann and his team launched the Swiss Hepatitis Strategy in 2014.