World Hepatitis Day Initiatives
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France - WHD 2011
The vice-president of the French patient association SOS Hépatites Fédération Michel Bonjour, together with Professor Daniel Dhumeaux, led the conference on World Hepatitis Day, which was celebrated in Paris on May 25.
This was an initiative of the French Ministry of Health as part of the first official WHD and Nora Berra, Secretary of State for Health, opened the conference with a speech emphasizing the magnitude of the diseases both nationally and globally as well as the significance of this day having been endorsed by the World Health Organisation as one of their 6 official days.
The conference brought together key players in the field of hepatitis in Europe and featured a number of very informative presentations on prevention, testing, new drugs, treatment and the importance of effective cooperation between health professionals for better patient care. The Alliance was delighted to participate and presented on the place and role of patient associations alongside its members.
Round table debates also took place with Eric Merlet, Director of SOS Hépatites Fédération, moderating a discussion on the deployment of the national plan regionally.