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.
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Country: United Kingdom
United Kingdom - WHD 2011
The Hepatitis C Trust ran a huge awareness campaign in the form of bus stop posters and billboards, donated by Clear Channel in London and other cities in Britain and organisations all over the UK took part by holding local events in their communities. National and local press helped increase awareness by running newspaper articles across the country, featuring amongst other things an awareness raising event in front of the Houses of Parliament. Additionally, Dr. Steve Wiersma from the World Health Organization and Lesley Jenkins from the Hepatitis C Trust appeared on the BBC world service radio. Prime Minister David Cameron responded to a request from The Hepatitis C Trust and issued a statement urging people to get tested.
This year, the Hepatitis C Trust also organised a ‘Great British C Party’ campaign, encouraging people to hold a ‘supper club’ style meal with a healthy twist. With the help of top chefs and patients they produced a range of menus which were designed to support healthy liver function. Channel 4 chef Gizzi Erskine (Cook Yourself Thin) led the way and explained healthy ways to cook and prepare all the foods - menus and quizzes for guests were designed to see just how much they knew about how the liver works. C Parties were held all over the UK.
On the occasion of World Hepatitis Day, the British Liver Trust offered support to all of their community groups across the UK ensuring they had sufficient information on hepatitis for any activities they had planned. They also launched Kerry McPhail's book, James with a Silent C, to the media with a press release and backgrounder on viral hepatitis followed by media interviews about the book. Finally, they took part on a BBC Radio 4 show and talked about viral hepatitis as well as the issues the UK faces in the fight against liver disease.