World Hepatitis Day Initiatives
The World Hepatitis Alliance supports campaigners and patient organisations around the world to help make a difference to the lives of the millions of people living with viral hepatitis and to prevent new infections. To find out more on what is going on in your country, use the map below to find local organisations, World Hepatitis Day initiatives and other initiatives.
You can also look at our ‘Wall of Stories’ and submit your own personal experience of living with hepatitis or find other community resources including an Online Scrapbook and our latest Newsletters. The This is hepatitis... blog features bloggers from around the world talking about their experiences with hepatitis.
Country: New Zealand
New Zealand - WHD 2011
Despite the great challenges caused by the earthquake in Christchurch this year, the Hepatitis C Resource Centre Christchurch displayed posters and held community forums in Nelson, Blenheim and Christchurch during the month of July. As part of their campaign, a shocking TV advert was aired to call attention to the hepatitis C epidemic. Also, an interview with Channel 9 gave them the chance to speak out about hepatitis C and how the Resource Centre is available for all in the community.
In the aftermath of World Hepatitis Day, the Assocaite Minister of Health Tariana Turia hosted a breakfast in the Grand Hall, Parliament Buildings to highlight the devastation and severity of viral hepatitis B and C in New Zealand. During the event, the Minister gave a speech thanking the chief executive of the Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand for joining the event and expressing her admiration for the opportunity brought by World Hepatitis Day for greater awareness about this global issue. She also stressed the significant number of hepatitis patients in the country and highlighted the message ‘Know it. Confront it. Get Tested. Protect yourself.’