I am honored that you along with your group or organization have decided to apply to join the International Association of Hepatitis Task Forces (IAHTF), and partner in the international effort to eliminate viral hepatitis under the umbrella of the California Hepatitis C Task Force (CAHCVTF). Together we can change the worldwide landscape and save lives by organizing millions of patients and their loved ones to advocate for better access to healthcare and cures for viral hepatitis. No financial contribution is required. If you are interested in joining us, please fill out the application form and return to me.
Thank you for lending your name and voice to our call for change! We will get back to you shortly.
William (Bill) Remak
Chair, California Hepatitis C Task Force, Inc.
Chair, Term 2016 -2020, formerly the National Association of Hepatitis Task Forces (NAHTF)
Now the International Association of Hepatitis Task Forces (IAHTF)
National Association of Hepatitis Task Forces (NAHTF) Expands Reach Globally Nationwide group expands internationally to advocate for viral hepatitis community worldwide
Petaluma, Calif. (November 30, 2017) - The National Association of Hepatitis Task Forces (NAHTF) today announced its international expansion and upcoming rebrand to the International Association of Hepatitis Task Forces (IAHTF) as well as its renewed commitment to removing disparities in national infectious disease priorities for people living with viral hepatitis globally. As the world prepares to recognize World AIDS day on December 1st, IAHTF reminds people to not forget the censored disease - viral hepatitis - that has emerged with far costlier and deadlier consequences to public health.
"We began our conversion several years ago to embrace the global health perspective, and to view hepatitis as a part of a larger chronic disease and chronic care management system," stated William (Bill) Remak, Chair of IAHTF. "Viral hepatitis does not receive the global attention it deserves, and IAHTF intends to change that and guide the conversation to accelerate the 'NO HEP' awareness movement."
Viral hepatitis caused 1.34 million deaths in 2015, a number comparable to deaths caused by tuberculosis and HIV1. However, funding for viral hepatitis does not accurately reflect the deadly and costly effects of this infectious disease. IAHTF will fight to ensure people living with viral hepatitis do not become collateral damage in the war against AIDS. It is essential that we cooperate as a global community so we all can benefit from the latest advancements in treating and curing these viruses. Our goal is to advocate for patients with viral hepatitis and eliminate worldwide hepatitis by 2030.
The rebrand from NAHTF to IAHTF showcases the comprehensive approach the group is taking to eliminate global hepatitis. IAHTF firmly believes patients living with viral hepatitis deserve nothing less than the same consideration to those with other chronic and infectious diseases. Moving forward, IAHTF efforts will reflect an improving public health alignment and guidance from patients, communities, government, health systems, providers and innovators for the sake of all persons suffering with viral hepatitis worldwide.
Founded in 2003, NAHTF advocated for ways to broaden the reach and use of innovative practices to create positive outcomes and reduce the suffering by viral hepatitis patients. This international growth will allow NAHTF, now known as the IAHTF, to better support, serve and advocate for the viral hepatitis community worldwide.
Through its continued work with international partners, the IAHTF will work to expand access to services to all populations, improved prevention and initiate policy reforms that will help the viral hepatitis community.
A new website and social media channels are being created to better communicate the global message and will be unveiled in 2018.