World Hepatitis Day 2015

This year, the Hepatitis C Trust will mark World Hepatitis Day by hosting a patient conference.

To mark World Hepatitis Day 2015, we held a patients’ conference in London. The event was held on Monday 3rd August 2015 at The Royal Society of Medicine.

The programme ran from 10am to 4pm and answered the key concerns of people living with hepatitis C. In particular, the programme focused on which drugs are available, how NICE works and patient activism.

It was free to patients and carers.

New drugs and the future, Dr Steve Ryder Consultant Hepatologist

Dr Ryder provided an overview of the treatment landscape, with information on the latest drugs available and what is on the horizon for the next few years.

A patient also talked about their personal experience of treatment, the highs and lows and whether it met their expectations.

NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence)

A representative from NICE provided an overview on the role of NICE within the UK, including the approval process for new drugs and how this affects what is available for patients.

Finding the undiagnosed: Dr Magdalena Harris

Magdalena presented the latest finding of her research into why patients remain undiagnosed for so many years and potential ways to reach the estimated 100,000 people who are currently unknowingly living with hepatitis C in the UK.

Inspiring change – the collective voice: Ben Collins

Ben is founder and Director of International HIV Partnerships - IHP builds partnerships with community activists, clinicians, researchers, international organisations, industry and governments for successful responses to HIV, hepatitis and related sexual and mental health concerns. The partnerships promote testing, optimal treatment and care, personal resilience, human rights and social well-being.

Additionally Ben is on the steering committee of ReShape, an emerging London-based think tank to reshape the response to HIV, hepatitis and related sexual and mental health concerns.

Events around the UK


On Tuesday 28th July – World Hepatitis Day – Bristol Hep C Support had a stand in The Bear Pit in central of Bristol. They talked to people about hepatitis C and raised awareness of the need to get tested if you’ve ever been at risk. 


DASH Drug and Alcohol Service Hereford along with Hereford County Hospital Gastroenterology Department promoted World Hepatitis C Awareness Day this year. They handed out inofrmation in Hereford Town Centre.


London Friend is an LGBT health and wellbeing charity providing a range of services including a drug and alcohol service, counselling, groups and a helpline. Their drug and alcohol work includes work around prevention of blood borne viruses particularly amongst men who have sex with men and they raised awareness for World Hepatitis Day.  They disseminated materials throughout the week across all their services and service users.

Virendra Sharma MP and The Hepatitis C Trust are hosting an awareness and testing day at the Dominion Centre, Ealing, 10am-2pm, Tuesday 28th July.


Lancashire NHS

For World Hepatitis Day Lancashire ran a stall with a display stand, information leaflets and and freebies (with their services details and contact number on). Their aim was to increase awareness of hepatitis and therefore hopefully be able to help prevent it.

The year before they put displays up in all local clinics/health centres/ GUM clinic/prisons/Universitys. In 2015 they wanted to do something different and target a different audience, as we know, hepatitis does not discriminate.

Young Addaction Lancashire North also raised awareness on 28th July.


DDAS are a substance misuse service in Dyfed. They worked alongside their clinical nurse specialist for BBVs, Nicola Reeve and did events across three counties to raise awareness of hepatitis C.

Frimley Park Hospital

Valerie Duckhouse, a Viral Hepatitis Nurse Specialist at Frimley Park Hospital supported World Hepatitis Day and promoted hepatitis awareness.  

Her event in the main foyer not only supported World Hepatitis Day but also promoting a Healthy Liver.

With this in mind, the hospital restaurant, Pinetrees supported the day by providing a ‘Love your Liver’  friendly menu for restaurant goers.


An awareness-raising event was held at the Senedd (the National Assembly for Wales). The Cardiff Community Choir joined Mark Drakeford AM, the Minister for Health and Social Services, to help raise awareness and send the clear message of 'Know the risks - get tested!'