NOhep Village

NOhep Village

Bringing together civil society organisations and the scientific community to advocate for the elimination of viral hepatitis

The scientific community and civil society are united by a common goal; to achieve the elimination of viral hepatitis by 2030. Both have a different but essential set of skills and expertise and it is therefore crucial to work together to achieve this shared objective. The NOhep Village is a unique opportunity to cultivate collaboration and bridge the gap between these communities.

The World Hepatitis Alliance presented the first ever NOhep Village as part of the 16th ISVHLD Global Hepatitis Summit on 14 – 16 June 2018 in Toronto, Canada. The NOhep Village was an interactive space that aimed to foster networking and collaborative learning between patient groups and the scientific community to create a greater and better connected community of advocates.

Highlights:

  • 21 organisations from 11 countries participated, 7 of which were local Canadian organisations.
  • High quality programme of 19 presentations, including talks from 6 key opinion leaders. The programme was rated highly by exhibitors and Summit delegates with 89% and 80% respectively rating it ‘good or ‘very good’.  It provided civil society organisations with the opportunity to present in an international forum, giving civil society a voice in front of a scientific audience.
  • A number of organisations took the opportunity to reach a wider audience by launching new initiatives:
    • ICE-HBV launched a scientific literacy workshop entitled ‘All you ever wanted to know about hepatitis B science but were afraid to ask’
    • NOhep launched ‘The NOhep Guide for Medical Professionals’
    • United Against Hepatitis launched the ‘Congratulate your Prime Minister on World Hepatitis Day’ campaign
    • World Hepatitis Alliance launched ‘The Quest to Find the Missing Millions’
  • The NOhep Village brought civil society organisations into a scientific forum and provided the opportunity to connect with a network they may not always have access to. It also brought together regional and global civil society organisations which plays an important role in uniting and strengthening the community. The majority of both civil society representatives (74%) and Summit delegates (77%) reported that the networking and partnership opportunities at the NOhep Village were ‘good’ or ‘very good’.
  • The NOhep Village harnessed the power of people living with viral hepatitis with 33 stories shared from people living with viral hepatitis.
  • Social media analytics demonstrate that WHA, NOhep and the NOhep Villagers dominated online conversations related to the Global Hepatitis Summit. NOhep was visible in almost every #GHS2018 post on Instagram and #NOhep was included in 65% of tweets to #GHS2018 making over 80,000 impressions.

Read the full NOhep Village event impact report here.