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Ahead of the Global Fund’s sixth fund replenishment meeting, we launched a campaign urging them to join the fight for the elimination of viral hepatitis – read on to find out more and see how many people got involved.
Our new supporter spotlight is Surender Parasher, the founder of RANN Foundation. Currently working on project NOhep Delhi, which aims to protect future generations from viral hepatitis, Surender is educating young people about the virus and so far he has reached approximately 35,000 children.
This month, we bring you an interesting story from Africa, where South Sudan and Egypt are joining forces to eliminate hepatitis B and C by 2030. There’s also a stark warning for Ireland: despite showing commitment to eliminating hepatitis C, experts claim the country may miss the 2030 elimination target by up to 20 years.
Our open letter to the Global Fund
At the end of September, we launched an open letter urging the Global Fund to prioritise and proactively support the integration of viral hepatitis with their existing HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria programmes.
In just 10 days, the campaign received almost 1,000 signatures from people and organisations across the globe.
Our open letter was sent to the Global Fund Board on the eve of their Replenishment Meeting in Lyon where they are looking to raise $14 billion to accelerate the fight against HIV, TB and malaria
Supporter Spotlight – Surender Parasher
After being diagnosed with hepatitis B, Surender left his job as a human resources executive to start education programmes about diseases including hepatitis in the most vulnerable slums and villages in India.
Surender founded RANN Foundation, an organisation that focuses on developing the potential of women and girls to drive long-lasting, equitable changes. Under their NOhep Delhi project, RANN Foundation is currently training senior female students to educate their juniors and other community members about hepatitis.
Articles and Stories
Ireland may miss the 2030 elimination target by 20 years
The head of a US-based organisation dedicated to the elimination of viral hepatitis has warned that Ireland may not eliminate hepatitis C until 2049, almost 20 years after the global elimination target.
Dr Homie Razavi, founder and managing director of the Centre for Disease Analysis Foundation, warned that the cost of not meeting targets would be more than the cost of eliminating the virus.
Chairperson of Irish campaign group Hepatitis C Partnership, Lisa Robson, said that although people living with hepatitis C in Ireland are being treated, a greater effort is needed to find and treat those who are unaware of their hepatitis C infection.
“Scotland is screening people using needle exchange programmes and homeless services. That’s what we really need to do,” she said.
At least 20,000 people in Ireland are living with hepatitis C. The country has said that it remains committed to eliminating the disease by 2030.
South Sudan and Egypt join forces to eliminate viral hepatitis
South Sudan and Egypt are working in collaboration to eliminate viral hepatitis in the east African country. Egypt announced in June that it would provide hepatitis C testing and treatment for one million people in 14 African countries, including South Sudan.
The Egyptian government has reportedly sent vaccines and medical equipment, along with a team of doctors, to South Sudan’s capital, Juba, to help treat people who are living with hepatitis B and C.
“This is going to be a joint effort between the two countries to protect our people, and Egypt is coming in to help South Sudan eliminate hepatitis C and also tackle [hepatitis] B,” said South Sudan’s health minister, Riek Gai Kok.