We believe that Hepatitis C can be eliminated as a major health concern by 2030 and all funds raised by us support The Hepatitis C in their campaigns to achieve this goal. In 2015 Scotland signed up to our program of elimination. In 2016 The Hepatitis C Trust’s campaigning led to not only Westminster and the World Health Assembly agreeing to a program of elimination.
The Hepatitis C Trust is the national UK charity for hepatitis C. It was founded and is now led and run by people with personal experience of hepatitis C and almost all of our Board, staff and volunteers either have hepatitis C or have had it and cleared it after treatment.
Historically, hepatitis C has been neglected, partly because there has been no concerted patient voice. People with hepatitis C have typically kept quiet because it is infectious and because it has been wrongly stigmatised as ‘a drug users’ disease’.
The Trust is committed to changing this, by:
• Raising public awareness that this is a virus that can be contracted in many ways
• Ending discrimination against people living with hepatitis C
• Creating an active community of patients willing to stand up and be heard
• Providing information, support and representation for people with hepatitis C