To work together towards a world free of hepatitis B
To facilitate improved awareness, vaccination, testing, and life-saving treatment and care services for hepatitis B aimed at those most in need.
We share a global goal of the elimination of hepatitis B
The World Health Organization has called for the elimination of hepatitis B by 2030.
Sustainable Development Goal 3.3 states that “by 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases”
We identify and collaborate with key stakeholders in each community, including health care workers, community members, Local Health Authorities and government departments.
We raise awareness about hepatitis B among key high-risk groups, including in countries with high prevalence rates of hepatitis B, people with limited access to health services, and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
We train and upskill local healthcare workers, who we believe are instrumental in providing ongoing health care to their communities. Through consultation, we provide skills and resources in areas they identify as most important.
We work towards making our impact long-term and sustainable, through combined efforts of education in the general community and for healthcare workers, collaboration with local partners and government, regular evaluation of our projects, and advocacy at a policy level.
Hepatitis B Free is an Australian registered tax-concession, not-for-profit charity. We are run by volunteers based in Sydney, Australia. Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and professions, including doctors, nurses, allied health, lawyers, and students.
We were founded in 2013 by a group of five Australian doctors and nurses. The team was led by Associate Professor Alice Lee, a gastroenterologist and hepatologist with expertise in viral hepatitis, and Sue Huntley, a clinical researcher with a background in nursing. Galvanised by their experience in remote Papua New Guinea, where they travelled on foot to vaccinate and provide basic health clinics for tribal villages, they decided to continue taking action towards addressing the huge unaddressed need of hepatitis B in resource-poor areas.
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