Hep C Action Aotearoa
Hep C Action Aotearoa is calling for the elimination of hepatitis C in New Zealand by 2025, five years ahead of the WHO target. The first time since penicillin that there is the ability to eliminate a global top 5 infectious disease.
Seed the Change | He Kākano Hāpai is proud to be a founding partner of Hep C Action Aotearoa, providing project support, resourcing and funding to this campaign that will save lives.
Since it’s inception Hep C Action Aotearoa has been successfully bringing patient voices to the elimination campaign. The team had seats on the Ministry of Health’s Steering Committee for the national elimination strategy, and is now renouned for it’s positive, forward focused messaging on this highly stigmatised virus. Hep C Action is increasingly having global reach and recognition for it’s work in the elimination campaign.
Seed the Change | He Kākano Hāpai is supporting the team to identify and activate key levers enact systemic change both nationally and globally.
We invite you to join in and support this campaign.
The Hep C Butterfly - a symbol of the elimination campaign
The butterfly symbol is like the red ribbon for HIV and intended for global use by anyone working in the broad field of Hepatitis C elimination. There is no cost to use the symbol and the copyright has been assigned to the public domain. It symbolises the transformative effect that antiviral treatment has on patients cured of the disease and the beauty of restoring people to full health again.
How to get involved
Success will depend on key stakeholders coming together to address this hidden health issue. We are calling for:
1. Elimination of HCV by 2025
2. Treatment Equality
3. Government Leadership
4. Public Health Campaign
5. A Collaborative Approach
6. Funding support.
What's the challenge?
Over 50,000 people are estimated to be infected with Hepatitis C in Aotearoa New Zealand, with half being undiagnosed. This compares to approximately 3,500 people living with HIV in New Zealand.
HepC Action Aotearoa is calling for the elimination of Hepatitis C in New Zealand by 2025, five years ahead of the WHO target, and the same target date adopted by the United Kingdom.
Infection has often occurred through accidental transmission, for example through dental work carried out over 20 years ago, or through incarceration. This has created a human rights issue, including the State’s duty of care that has not been publicly acknowledged.
This highly stigmatised public health issue will be addressed through the normalising of “test and treat” campaign, piloted in prisons, accompanied by a review of the legislation to remove structural barriers to treatment.
Join us as we embark on a national campaign to raise awareness.