Hepatitis C Trust launches Patient Activist Toolkit

The Hepatitis C Trust has today published a new resource, the Patient Activist Toolkit, which can be downloaded here. The toolkit is a guide to campaigning to help make tackling hepatitis C a priority in England over the coming years. It covers a range of activity, from relatively small actions like writing to MPs, to bigger actions like joining The Hepatitis C Trust's Patient Council and meeting with elected representatives.

As someone with hepatitis C, or as someone who has a family member with hepatitis C or who works with people with hepatitis C, your voice is powerful. By using your experiences, knowledge and unique view, you can make MPs, local councillors and others aware of the impact of hepatitis C, and the need to take further action to eliminate the virus in England. The louder our voice, the more chance we have of successfully improving services, obtaining wider access to new treatments, and eliminating hepatitis C as a serious public health concern.

The Patient Activist Toolkit explains what actions we would like to see from MPs and councillors and the various ways you can take action.

Rachel Halford, The Hepatitis C Trust's Deputy Chief Executive and coordinator of the Patient Council, said: "People with personal experience of hepatitis C have the most powerful voices and are the strongest advocates for the importance of eliminating the virus. This toolkit will be a valuable resource for helping them to campaign on hepatitis C."

Don't wait around for others; be part of the change you wish to see!