Welcoming four new members

2 Dec 2015 Bridie Taylor

The World Hepatitis Alliance continues to grow as we welcome four new member organisations. Our membership is now made up of over 225 groups in 81 countries in every region of the world. With activities ranging from advocacy and awareness-raising to screening and improving access, our member organisations are central to our work and we believe collaboration among patient groups is fundamental to tackling viral hepatitis throughout the world.

Natural Initiative for Voluntary Blood Donors (NIVBLODON), Cameroon

NIVBLODON focus on blood and injection safety and the promotion of voluntary blood donation thus raising awareness about the risks of viral hepatitis is key to their work. Their activities include education and awareness in schools and communities, vaccination campaigns and providing hepatitis patients with support and care.

CAZAS (Montenegrin Association against AIDS), Montenegro

CAZAS have marked World Hepatitis Day since 2007, focusing on awareness raising among at-risk populations. From advocacy and awareness to outreach peer education, a helpline and needle and syringe programmes, CAZAS works to establish services and programmes that support at-risk populations, including PWID, sex workers, MSM and PLHIV.

Coalition on Positive Health Empowerment (COPE), USA

Formed to address the gap in access to hepatitis C prevention, education and treatment in communities most affected by the disease, COPE’s work ranges from community outreach and advocacy and counselling and testing to improve the health of underserved populations. The organisation’s most successful education programme is the Hep C University, a series of workshops that covers disease etiology, treatment and prevention.

Canadian AIDS Society, Canada

Canadian AIDS Society puts issues relevant to people living with hepatitis at the centre of much of its community engagement, collaboration, consultation and advocacy efforts. An active member of Canadian Society for International Health's Global Hepatitis Network, Canadian Society for International Health's World Hepatitis Committee(s) and Action Hepatitis Canada, the organisation is heavily involved in viral hepatitis policy work throughout Canada and works closely with the Government of Canada's Public Health Agency.

Are you interested in becoming a member of the World Hepatitis Alliance? Being part of this global network of patient groups provides many benefits to your organisation, including increased credibility, international visibility of your work, capacity building, and the opportunity to shape the strategic direction of WHA and thus influence the global health agenda. For more information on the membership requirements and how to apply, click here.