We are dedicated to promote a healthy and productive society by fighting
and preventing Hepatitis B and C in the
Philippines,eradicating all forms of discrimination upon hepatitis B and C carriers, and diminishing suffering from
it through advocacy, research, education, and service.
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Glasgow, Scotland - A Filipino lawyer named Eric Ueda, participated with other advocates around the world the first ever hepatitis summit held in Scotland. The 3-day summit concluded last September 4, 2015. Ueda represented the Yellow Warriors Society Philippines (YWSP), a national advocacy group for viral hepatitis in the Philippines.
]The summit, which is an invite-only and exclusive event, aims to address the overwhelming global burden of viral hepatitis. There are 400 million people living with Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C around the world and no country is unaffected. The summit was headed by World Health Organization (WHO) and World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA). The Scottish Government hosted the event and supported by Glasgow Caledonian University and Health Protection Scotland.
The summit was participated by policy makers, patients and civil society from around the world with the common thrust of “working together to develop an optimally coordinated and resourced response to the problem”.
On the first day of the event, Dr Shin Young-Soo, Regional Director of World Health Organization (WHA) shared their experiences in responding to the hepatitis burden in Western Pacific countries including the Philippines. The experiences includes planning, success stories, challenges and visions for the future.
Dr Gottfried Hirnschall, the Director of HIV/AIDS Department and Global Hepatitis Programme of WHO introduced the Global Hepatitis Health Sector Strategy, which is currently being developed with broad stakeholder involvement globally. The strategy was made as a result of the current WHO Framework for Action on Viral Hepatitis (2012) and the 2010 and 2014 World Health Assembly resolutions and sets elimination targets for 2030.
On the second day, WHO introduced the National Planning Toolkit which can help the governments in developing such plans. The toolkit themes include: Treatment and access to drugs; Governance, Ownership and Partnership; Service delivery and integration; Universal health coverage, Costing and prioritization; Strategic information for planning; and; Prevention-the importance of targets and policies to achieve high coverage of hepatitis B birth-dose vaccination.
On the third day, the big question was revealed: Why viral hepatitis programmes can not attract global funding? As funding is crucial in any programmes, the summit identifies the valid reasons why viral hepatitis programmes cannot attract global funding and why do some global funders cannot see this as a priority. This session was actively participated with lively exchange of experiences, opinions, ideologies and practicalities.
The highlight of the event is the signing of “Glasgow Declaration” calling the governments “to develop and implement a comprehensive, funded national hepatitis plans and programmes”…”to define and agree on realistic and yet aspirational global target for viral-hepatitis prevention, testing, diagnosis, care and treatment”.
Atty. Ueda is the Vice President of YWSP. The group is actively supporting the Hepatitis B and C patients through counselling, health tips and medication advise. YWSP is visible in different social media platforms as it is their main strategy in reaching out to the patients around the Phillippines.
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Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/source/philippine-daily-inquirer
The Hepatology Society of the Philippines, along with its partners in the National Viral Hepatitis Task Force (NVHTF), a multisectoral coalition of stakeholders who have a shared interest in viral hepatitis control and prevention, recently launched a National Viral Hepatitis Task Force, which aims to work for greater viral hepatitis prevention and control in the country.
The HPS’ partners include the Department of Health, World Health Organization, Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Philippine College of Physicians, Philhealth, Philippine Pediatric Society, Philippine Society of Gastroenterology, Yellow Warriors Society of the Philippines and the Department of Labor and Employment.
In the Philippines, hepatitis B and hepatitis C are major public health problems that remain largely ignored. It is estimated that 16.7 percent, or some 7.3 million, adult Filipinos are chronically infected with the hepatitis B virus.
That means 1 out of 7 Filipinos are living with hepatitis B. This rate is double the average prevalence rate in the Western Pacific region. In addition, although data is limited, as much as 1 percent of Filipinos may be infected with the hepatitis C virus.
Many Filipinos die of liver cancer and liver cirrhosis, both of which are known consequences of chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C infection.
“Hepatitis B and hepatitis C are among the most common causes of liver cancer,” said Dr. Diana Payawal, current president of HSP and executive council member of Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver. “In the Philippines, hepatitis B is the leading cause of liver cancer.”
Liver cancer is the third leading cause of cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer death in the country. In addition to the toll on their health, persons with hepatitis B or hepatitis C suffer stigma and discrimination, said Dr. Payawal.
At the moment, the Philippines does not have a comprehensive program on the prevention and control of hepatitis B and hepatitis C. In 2010, the World Health Assembly passed resolution WHA 63.18, which urges all member states to adopt a comprehensive approach to the prevention and control of viral hepatitis.
The HSP has convened the National Viral Hepatitis Task Force which will develop and maintain a national strategy to eliminate or significantly decrease the prevalence of hepatitis B and hepatitis C in the Philippines.
The NVHTF has created a strategic plan, called “Prevention and Control of Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C in the Philippines: A Call to Action,” to serve as a roadmap for its efforts. The roadmap adopts the framework of the WHO Global Hepatitis Program, which uses four axes to address viral hepatitis: Axis 1 is about raising awareness, promoting partnerships, mobilizing resources; Axis 2 is about evidence-based policy and data for action; Axis 3 touches on prevention of transmission; and Axis 4 involves screening, care and treatment.
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World Hepatitis Alliance Welcomes New Global Framework Aimed at Saving the Lives of Millions Living With Hepatitis
Alliance calls on governments to support the WHO strategy by setting regional targets to eradicate this killer disease
Switzerland, Geneva. Wednesday 25th July, 2012 – The World Hepatitis Alliance have today welcomed the launch of the World Health Organization (WHO) framework for hepatitis as the global patient community marks World Hepatitis Day. ‘Prevention and Control of Viral Hepatitis Infection: Framework for Global Action’ , provides a global vision for the prevention and control of viral hepatitis and outlines four axes for action for regions and countries to develop effective strategies and plans according to their specific hepatitis burden and challenges.
“Hepatitis is closer than you think, with approximately 1 in 12 people living with either hepatitis B or C globally,” said Charles Gore, President of the Alliance. “The launch of the WHO Framework is an essential step in the fight against this global epidemic.”
The launch of the Framework comes two years after the agreement of a historic World Health Assembly (WHA) resolution on viral hepatitis (WHA63.18) which for the first time described what is expected of governments to deliver improvements in awareness, surveillance, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis. In line with this resolution, the WHO Secretariat established a Global Hepatitis Programme within its Department of Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases, with focal points in the six Regional Offices, to implement the resolution and attain the goals outlined in the new Framework.
Continues Mr. Gore: “With the WHA resolution, and now the WHO Framework for Action, we are gaining momentum in the fight against hepatitis but more must be done to raise awareness of this killer disease. The challenge for governments now is to action this new Framework. It is critical that specific targets are set at a regional level to ensure measurable results.”
World Hepatitis Day provides an opportunity for communities all around the world to join together to raise awareness of hepatitis and importantly promote actions to confront it. To mark World Hepatitis Day 2012 the Alliance has launched a global effort to attempt a Guinness World Record highlighting the huge under-diagnosis of hepatitis. The aim is to have the most people performing the “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” actions in 24 hours at multiple venues around the world. Countries currently participating in the record attempt include: Germany, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Malaysia, India, Romania, China, Ukraine, Canada and Japan. There is also a See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil twitter campaign (#seehearspeakno) which encourages people to tweet a picture of themselves performing one of the three gestures (or a group of three people performing all three), with the photo being added to a growing online photography album.
Approximately 500 million people are living with either hepatitis B or hepatitis C worldwide. If left untreated and unmanaged, hepatitis B or C can lead to advanced liver scarring (cirrhosis) and other complications, including liver cancer or liver failure. Together, hepatitis B and C kill approximately one million people every year.
World Hepatitis Alliance
The World Hepatitis Alliance provides global leadership and supports action that will halt the death toll and improve the lives of people living with chronic viral hepatitis B and C. Through better awareness, prevention, care, support and access to treatment, our ultimate goal is to work with governments to eradicate these diseases from the planet.
The World Hepatitis Alliance is a Non-Governmental Organisation with over 140 member patient organisations in more than 60 countries. The World Hepatitis Alliance is governed by a board consisting entirely of hepatitis B or C patients and elected by patient groups from the six WHO world regions: Africa, the Americas, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, South-East Asia and Western Pacific. For further information visit: www.worldhepatitisalliance.org
World Hepatitis Alliance – Seeking a world without viral hepatitis B and C.
World Hepatitis Day
On 28 July 2012, the World Hepatitis Alliance will coordinate the fifth global World Hepatitis Day. World Hepatitis Day is one of only four official world disease awareness days endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and its 194 member states. The aim for 2012 is to continue to raise awareness of chronic hepatitis B and C around the globe and to drive policy change for improvements in health outcomes for patients through the campaign ‘This is hepatitis... it’s closer than you think’. The theme builds on the previous year’s campaign theme ‘This is hepatitis… Know it. Confront it. Hepatitis affects everyone, everywhere.’
For further information or to speak to a World Hepatitis Alliance spokesperson, you may contact:
Karine or Katy
T: +44 207 378 0159
Yellow Warriors Society Philippines, Inc.
The Yellow Warrioirs Society Philippines, Inc. is the only recognized non-profit organization for Hepatitis B and C patients and advocates in the country. It is a voting member to the World Hepatitis Alliance based in Geneva, Switzerland since 2010. The organization aims to increase awareness about Hepatitis B and C in the country, to prevent new infection. It also advocates non-discrimination against Hepatitis B and C positive individuals in the society, especially in the workplace. Hepatitis B is considered to be hyperendemic in the Philippines, with an estimated 16M infected.
Since its inception in 2010, the organization has been actively participating in information dissemination campaign activities. Last year, the organization spearheaded the Yellow Manifesto together with MSD --- a multi-sectoral commitment to eradicate viral hepatitis in the country signed by representatives from government and non-government institutions. A Run for Liver 2011 was also held last August, to further its awareness campaign wherein free rapid Hepatitis B testing was done to interested participants.
Charles Gore, President of the World Hepatitis Alliance commends the work being started by Yellow Warriors Society Philippines, Inc. in the country. The following is an excerpt of his personal message to YWSP dated July 15:
"We applaud the work of Yellow Warriors Society of the Philippines in its bold commitment to eradicate Hepatitis B and hope that the rest of the country will support these efforts".
For more information about YWSP, you may contact us in the following manner:
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: Follow @ywsp
World Hepatitis Day 2012 LRT Information Dissemination Campaign
In remembrance of the World Hepatitis Day this July 28, the organization will be having an Information Dissemination Campaign in partnership with the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Authority and the Hepatology Society of the Philippines (HSP) with the theme "Hepatitis B and C: Know it. Confront It. Get tested.". The campaign aims to expand our reach to fellow Filipinos about Hepatitis B and C, its causes, modes of transmission and prevention/treatment. Volunteers will be giving out brochures and other informative materials in selected LRT stations in the hope of increasing awareness. The campaign will also emphasize on getting the Hepatitis B vaccine to get lifelong protection.
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You may download the 1st issue of newsletter of World Hepatitis Alliance at this link.
Please distribute. Thank You.
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Who doesn't want to look good? Of course, we all do! But there are instances when wanting to be beautiful poses more harm than good, and without you even knowing it! Seemingly harmless, we want you to be extra careful and knowing of the following places. We list down TOP THREE vanity places to watch out for.
NAIL SALON. The next time you take a trip to your favorite nail salon to get that fabulous french tip, make sure they do standard hygienic practices, like sterilizing their equipment/instruments. A new study shows customers in nail salons may be putting themselves at risk for the deadly disease.
According to Dr. Robert Gish, a clinical professor at the University of California San Diego, "a lot of these places use sharp instruments and they could be reusing those".
Be careful when you cut yourself. If the instrument that they use has been infected with blood from a Hep B/C-positive individual, you may be infected as well.
Our Tip: Bring your own sterile instruments. Better safe than sorry. If you are an aware HepB/C-positive individual, ensure that your manicurist sterilizes her instruments AFTER the service, especially if you've been cut. Re-schedule your trip if you have wounds, cuts, or bug bites.
FACIAL CENTERS. We all want to have a smooth and blemish-free face. One of the most popular techniques used today is what they call "Diamond Peel". This procedure makes use of real diamonds to lightly abrade the surface of your face and remove dead skin cells. The diamonds are then re-used after the procedure. Although not happening often, even the slightest wound from too much abrasion can be a possible cause of infection.
Our Tip: Try PowerPeel instead. Same principle, but they use alum crystals to abrade your face which are not re-used.
BARBER SHOPS. In a fast-paced world, most barber shops now use electric razors instead of the old-fashioned scissors. While this saves manong barbero a tremendous amount of time, it also poses more risk of infection through small cuts. Make sure the razors are sterilized before and after use.
Our Tip: If you don't sport an afro hairstyle and there's really not much to shave, just opt to have your barber use the scissors instead. Likewise, if you are an aware Hep B/C-individual and you've been cut, do due diligence and oblige your barber to sterilize. Not convinced? Tell your barbero, "What if may HIV po ako?". Apparently, people in our country are more afraid of HIV than Hepatitis. That'll work.
Want to be beautiful and worry-free? GET VACCINATED! Healthway caters to walk-in applicants who want to get the Hepatitis B vaccine for adults. They are open DAILY from 7am to 8pm and one shot costs 980. For a list of their branches, visit http://www.healthway.com.ph/
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The Hepatitis B vaccine is a safe and effective 3-shot series that protects against HBV. If you have HBV, the vaccine will do you no good, but if you do not have HBV, vaccination is a great way to protect yourself. The recommended schedule for the hepatitis B vaccine is to receive the first shot, followed in one month by the first shot, you should receive your third and final shot of the series. If you are committed to ensuring that you have built up adequate immunity, you can have your anti-HBs (HBsAb) titres checked 4-6 weeks following the last shot of the HBV vaccine series. If your immunity is greater than 10 IU/l, then you have adequate immunity which is thought to confer lifetime immunity, but studies so far show 20 years. This is because these studies are on-going! Please note that checking anti-HBs titres is not generally recommended for all vaccine recipients, with the exception of those that might be at greater risk of infection. This includes but is not limited to health care workers, those with sexual partners with HBV, and those living in a household where someone is infected with hepatitis B. Talk to your doctor if you think you might be at higher risk and need to have your titres checked.
So what happens if you go for shot one, followed by shot two in a month, but you never get to shot three? The minimum length of time between the three shots in the series is what is noted above: 0, 1 month, and 6 months. There is an accelerated schedule, but this is the schedule recommended for the shortest amount of time, with the best immune response for the general population. However, if you don’t get to shot three of the series for another two years, or if you never got to shot two, you can resume right from where you left off, and continue without the need for repeating the series. Once again if you would like to ensure that you have adequate immunity, you can have your anti-HBs titres (HBsAb) checked 4-6 weeks following the last shot of the series to be sure it is greater than 10 IU/l.
What happens if you don’t have your vaccine records, and you have no idea if you ever got shot 1 or 2, and you just want to repeat the series? There is no concern with repeating the HBV vaccine series, so if you are unsure, please start the series from shot 1.
Be sure you and your loved ones vaccinated are against hepatitis B so you can be HBV free for life!
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Repost from: IAPO Website / 08 November 2011 (News)
On the morning of 12 October 2011, IAPO and PAPO brought together twenty-one patient representatives from the Metro Manila area for a meeting entitled ‘From local to global, raising the patient voice in communities and worldwide’ to explore the relationships between the work of patient groups at the international, regional, national and local levels.
The meeting began with short plenary presentations from IAPO CEO Jo Groves on the global patients’ voice, IAPO Governing Board Member Kin-Ping Tsang on the work of patient groups regionally in the Western Pacific and Maria Fatima Lorenzo on the patient voice in the Philippines and the work of PAPO. This was followed by a facilitated discussion which focused on identifying common healthcare concerns for patients in the Philippines and the possible outcomes from being connected as a network of patient groups.
“We share common concerns with other patient groups not just locally but internationally as well.” Maria Lourdes Formalejo, Hemophilia Association of the Philippines for Love and Service (HAPLOS)
Patient representatives discussed their national healthcare issues, describing how the costs of healthcare are too high and patients with chronic conditions often have difficulty in accessing treatment regularly. Participants stated that patients require empowerment through education and information and, while patient groups can provide some of this, they need support and recognition in order to have an impact. The need for patient involvement in policy-making and the recognition of the patient as an important healthcare stakeholder was described as key to improving healthcare in the Philippines. Participants identified the top three healthcare issues in the Philippines as being:
1. Access to healthcare
2. Recognition of patients in policy-making
3. Lack of education
In a discussion on the value of being connected as a network of patient groups, a participant expressed the many benefits this presented which include: sharing materials and best practices rather than reinventing the wheel, a united and stronger voice with which to advocate, increasing credibility, and having support which enables patient representatives to realise that “we are not alone.”
“Networking is key to strengthening advocacy” Leilani E. Eusebio, I Can Serve Foundation
Participants felt that networks such as IAPO and PAPO provide a platform through which to work together and learn from each other, while providing capacity building and advocacy tools and expertise. A participant described that working with PAPO is “a partnership of sharing information” and can provide vital recognition, information and support to the important work of patients’ organizations throughout the Philippines.
“Overall it was a very educational, eye-opening and life-changing experience.” Cecilia Christine Manuel, Scleroderma Society of the Philippines
The important work of patients’ organizations provides a fundamental contribution to the global patients’ voice and by working together with national and regional organizations we can ensure that patients are recognised as partners in the healthcare decisions which affect their lives. In the closing remarks, Durhane Wong-Rieger, IAPO Chair, reflected on the multifaceted challenges of local patient groups who must endeavour to gain government support for their work while still building community and local provisions and support for the patients which they serve.
Participants at this meeting expressed a clear commitment to work together on common issues and support each other in their work. It was a great privilege for IAPO to work with PAPO to organise this meeting and to hear from patient representatives from Metro Manila about their important work.
“Knowing of PAPO’s existence is nice to know”. Christopher L. Malco, Yellow Warriors Society Philippines
Thank you to Maria Fatima Lorenzo and colleagues from PAPO for their co-organization of this local meeting and support of IAPO's events in Manila.
“The event is very inspirational. It energizes our own mission/vision. Overall this workshop is very good.” Maria Lourdes Formalejo, Hemophilia Association of the Philippines for Love and Service (HAPLOS)
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October 15, 2011, Quezon City - The Board of Trustees and Core Group convened in a whole day planning event for the year 2012. To come up with the top priority activities, the group first determined the top HBV-related issues in the Philippines and the challenges encountered by YWSP since its establishment as an organization.
As a result of identifying strategies and intervention to address the key issues, the BOT and Core Group were able to come up with the following activities:
1) General Assembly (3rd Week of January )
2) Capacity building of YWSP Core Group (February 2012)
3) Membership Recruitment (whole year)
4) Awareness Campaign with CBCP (whole year)
5) World Hepatitis Day Celebration, RUN for LIVER 2012 (July 28, 2012)
6) Educational Fora in cooperation with HSP and Academe (September 2012)
7) Lobbying of Anti-Discriminatory Policies ( February 2012)
Website development and maintenance and YWSP will be among the priority projects for 2012.
One interesting development in the meeting is the creation of four additional seats in the Board of Trustees. A representative from the support members and one from the medical field shall be invited to occupy two seats in the BOT. Additional officers were also appointed (Auditor and PRO) to address the present needs of the organization. The Vice President shall now be in-charge of the Membership Committee. These are among the important changes made in the organizational structure as part of YWSP's continual improvement. More importantly, the meeting resolved to expand its reach not only for Hepatitis B patients, but for Hepatitis C patients as well.
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by Blesilda Adlaon
MANILA, Philippines - In celebration of the World Hepatitis Day, the Yellow Warriors Society of the Philippines Inc. (YWSP) and other concerned groups recently gathered at the Diamond Hotel to sign the Yellow Manifesto, a commitment to fight hepatitis in the Philippines.
YWSP, the event’s main organizer, is a national group that focuses on, one, the prevention and eradication of hepatitis and, two, the protection of the rights of people who suffer from it. It is recognized by the Securities and Exchange Commission and is a voting member of the World Hepatitis Alliance, based in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Yellow Manifesto declares that the signatories “commit to take bold, concrete steps to lessen the burden of hepatitis among afflicted patients and their loved ones, to champion their inclusion and acceptance in society by upholding equal employment opportunities and ensuring provision of attainable access to health care toward a more productive society.” Its ultimate goal is to decrease the prevalence rate of hepatitis in the Philippines.
Besides YWSP, other organizations that have given their support to this undertaking are the Hepatology Society of the Philippines (HSP), the Department of Health, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), global health care leader MSD, the Employers Confederation of the Philippines, the People Management Association of the Philippines, and the office of Sen. Pia Cayetano.
Cayetano is one of the country’s most influential advocates for hepatitis awareness and prevention today. For her, this is a personal battle because her father, the late Senator Rene Cayetano, was himself a victim of liver cancer, one of hepatitis B’s dreaded complications.
So far, Cayetano’s efforts have resulted in the enactment of the Mandatory Infants and Children Immunization Act of 2011 (Republic Act 10152), which mandates that the hepa B vaccine be given to all infants within 24 hours from birth.
She also spearheaded the crafting of DOLE Advisory No. 5, which guides employers and workers in formulating workplace policies that will end discrimination against hepa B victims in the workplace.
Although Cayetano was not able to make it to the Yellow Manifesto event, her representative and health advocacy chief, Dr. Vivian Eustaquio, was present to sign the manifesto and give the closing remarks.
Another speaker at the event was Dr. Madalinee Eternity Labio, from the HSP. She presented some important but little-known facts about hepatitis, such as “hepatitis B, not alcoholism, is the biggest cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis in the Philippines,” and that while liver cancer is just the fourth most common cancer in the country, it is number 2 in terms of fatalities.
Labio also emphasized that “90 to 95 percent of hepatitis B infections in the Philippines are transmitted not through sexual contact but from mother to child, often during childbirth.” Early immunization, however, can protect the child from infection, thus the significance of RA 10152.
In support of the country’s fight against the disease, Mike Blanch from MSD announced that his company was cutting by 50 percent the cost of medicine for treating hepatitis C and delaying the progression of hepatitis B.
Other speakers at the event were YWSP President Christopher Malco, who gave the welcome remarks; DOH’s Dr. Jose Gerard Belimac, who described the current national program for hepatitis prevention and treatment; Dr. Marco Antonio Valeros, who presented the DOLE Advisory No. 5; and YWSP’s Pamela Chan, whose emotional narration of the actual dilemmas and frustrations of hepatitis victims gave a more real and more human face to this afflicted group in our society.