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.