Supporting the development of national action plans in South America

31 Jan 2015 Bridie Taylor

Government commitment to comprehensive national action plans is key to addressing the burden of viral hepatitis. To support the development of strategies and encourage strong patient advocacy in the region, the World Hepatitis Alliance travelled to Argentina and Chile at the end of November 2014 and met with Ministries of Health and local patient groups.

From 24th to 29th November 2014, the World Hepatitis Alliance met and participated in key meetings in Buenos Aires, Santiago and La Serena to strengthen the development of national strategies on hepatitis and the emergence of new patient groups in the region. Along with Alliance member HCV Sin Fronteras, we met the Ministry of Health in Argentina and attended a symposium organised by Asociación Argentina para el Estudio de las Enfermedades del Hígado (AAEEH). We also had the chance to meet with the Ministry of Health in Chile to discuss the future implementation of a national strategy on hepatitis as well as attending the Chilean Congress on Gastroenterology and meeting patients and doctors currently forming a new support group in the country. Such meetings enable us to build relationships that work towards our goal of encouraging integral patient voice involvement in government policy.