The Silent Pandemic: Tackling Hepatitis C with Policy Innovation was developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit and investigates the challenges posed by the hepatitis C virus and how systemic policy innovation can minimise its impact. The report found:
The launch of the report included presentations from Paul Kielstra from the Economist Intelligence Unit; Charles Gore, President of the World Hepatitis Alliance; Jack Wallace, Executive Member of the Coalition for the Eradication of Viral Hepatitis in Asia and the Pacific (CEVHAP) and Prof. David Goldberg, Head of Scottish Hepatitis C Programme. The report was supported by Janssen Pharmaceutica NV and its findings are based on extensive desk research and interviews conducted with leading global medical and policy experts.
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Dr. R. Palmer Beasley's passing is a tremendous loss for the hepatitis community. He was a member of CEVHAP and Palmer and I were friends for nearly 40 years. I knew him very well, because he worked in Taiwan in 1970-80's and we both had a common interest in hepatitis research. He contributed a lot to our understanding of the epidemiology of hepatitis B, the etiologic role of hepatitis B virus (HBV) in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and the immunoprophylaxis of HBV infection. His landmark discovery of "vertical" transmission of HBV from carrier mothers to their infants in early 1970's paved the road of hepatitis B vaccination. Indeed, he and colleagues went on to show the efficacy of hepatitis B immune globulin and hepatitis B vaccine in this setting, which laid the foundation of hepatitis B immunization in newborns. It is now a regular practice worldwide and this will avert millions of deaths due to end-stage liver disease and HCC.
Although the control of hepatitis B is on the right track, there are still many hurdles in its implementation. While CEVHAP is working toward the eradication of viral hepatitis in our region, we will all remember the giant who has contributed so much to what we are doing now.
D S Chen
An article in The New York Times:
R. Palmer Beasley, Expert on Hepatitis B, Dies at 76
Liverpool Hospital, Sydney NSW, at the launch of a set of innovative educational resources designed to improve the treatment rates of Australia’s approximately 170,000 hepatitis B sufferers and reduce the incidence of hepatitis B-related liver cancer and liver failure:
L to R:
Professor Stephen Locarnini, Director, World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Reference Laboratory for Hepatitis B at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory; Dr Kerry Chant, Chief Health Officer, NSW; Dr Miriam Levy, Head of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney
For more details:
CEVHAP - NSW Health Joint Press Release, 23 July 2012
At the 22nd Conference of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL) held in Taipei, on 19 February 2012, CEVHAP staged its first symposium entitled: “Better health through better public policies – What we can learn from the HIV experience.”
Keynote speaker, Dr David Thomas, of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the USA, presented some compelling data emphasising the comparatively large number of deaths occurring as a result of viral hepatitis infection as opposed to the small amount of funding received by the sector - from both public and private sources . The Symposium highlighted the need to build far better public awareness about viral hepatitis and also the need for adequate surveillance data, lacking in many countries, upon which to build and develop sound policy responses.
Some key media articles following the symposium:
Express Pharma (India) Online, 16-31 March 2012
CEVHAP hosts agenda-setting meet on hepatitis policy
South China Morning Post, 13 March 2012
Going viral; Break the silence; Lessons from an earlier battle
South China Morning Post, 21 February 2012
A silent killer remains at large
|CEVHAP Asia Pacific Hepatitis Policy 2016 Survey finds Asia Pacific on path to eliminating viral hepatitis|
|CEVHAP welcomes the launch and dedicates their support to the Global Hepatitis Network|
|CEVHAP WHD 2012 Press Release|
|CEVHAP-NSW Health Joint
Press Release in Australia
|CEVHAP Symposium Announcement|
|CEVHAP-KASL WHD Joint
Press Release in Korea (Korean)
|Hong Kong (English)|
|Hong Kong (Chinese)|