Stephen Fry raises his voice for World Hepatitis Day – 28 July

Stephen Fry has released a short video in support of the World Hepatitis Day 4,000 Voices Campaign.

Haemophilia Scotland is already a registered supporter of the campaign and we are very grateful to Stephen Fry for adding his voice to the campaign.

In the video he describes the threat from viral hepatitis as,

One of the world’s most urgent health crises

He goes on to explain that 1.4 million people a year die from viral hepatitis – that’s 4,000 people a day!

Here in Scotland we are campaigning to access to the latest, Direct Acting Antiviral, treatments, which offer most people 95% chance of better of a sustained virological response to the virus.  However, Stephen Fry’s message reminds us that this is also a worldwide battle.

The Penrose Report found that 478 people with bleeding disorders were infected with Hepatitis C through contaminated blood products in Scotland, 60 of them were also infected with HIV.  In addition, there were over 2,500 Hepatitis C infections as the result of contaminated blood transfusions and 18 HIV infections from a blood transfusion.

2 comments

  • A very big Thank You to Stephen Fry for raising awareness of this terrible disease. Treatment should be available for all now. I also appreciate all the help that Haemophilia Scotland are providing to those of us who were given contaminated blood by the NHS during the 70’s and 80’s. Praying and hoping your campaign will bring positive results this year for everyone involved. Thanks and love and hugs to you all. XXXxxx

  • Reblogged this on gigglingstar and commented:
    Thank You to Stephen Fry for raising awareness about this terrible disease. I am also very grateful for all the help and support given by the Haemophilia Scotland organisation to all people who were given contaminated blood products during the 70’s and 80’s. Let us hope that your campaign will bring positive results very soon for all of us who were given contaminated blood products & transfusions by the NHS. Many have already passed away. We deserve justice for the torture we have suffered and for the families who lost their loved ones. Hugs to you all. XXxxx

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