World Hepatitis Alliance’s ever-growing membership base

31 Jan 2015 Bridie Taylor

Central to the success of the World Hepatitis Alliance are our member groups around the world. To stimulate political interest in and action on hepatitis and to widen the influence of the Alliance and the global patient voice, we rely on strong patient-led organisations across the globe, so, as always, we are delighted to welcome three new groups to the Alliance: National Welfare & Human Development Organization (NWHDO) in Pakistan, Swiss Experts in Viral Hepatitis (SEVHep) in Switzerland and ARUD, also in Switzerland.

Further enhancing our varied membership base, our new members work in a number of different fields.

National Welfare & Human Development Organization (NWHDO) operate in Tando Allahyar and Matiari, two districts of Sindh Province in Pakistan and their work on hepatitis has included running four blood screening camps to test attendees for hepatitis B and C, and where necessary, attendees received hepatitis B vaccines and free hepatitis C treatment from the district government, following NWHDO recommendations.

Swiss Experts in Viral Hepatitis (SEVHep) focus on organising symposia on hepatitis, promoting education about the disease and advising on and developing the Swiss hepatitis strategy. Last October, the Alliance attended the group’s general assembly to contribute to the development of the country’s hepatitis plan and to highlight the importance of patient advocacy in national hepatitis strategies.

ARUD are also based in Switzerland and their main area of focus is in hepatitis care among PWIDs and advocating de-stigmatisation and adequate healthcare treatment for drug users.