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|Posted by Yellowhead on September 10, 2015 at 8:40 PM|
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.