Global Hepatitis Community as a nongovernmental organization (NGO) is not dependent to any political group. It is a virtual network not belonging to any country or any research center. This foundation was founded by Professor Seyed Moayed Alavian in 2014 to make a link among epidemiologists, health policy makers, clinicians, pathologists, virologists, specialists in transfusion medicine as well as research and laboratory centers from different parts of the world. The aim is to facilitate scientific communication among researchers who are working in the field of hepatitis and other liver diseases.
Nowadays, one of the most important health problems that affects the health of millions of people annually and leads to their morbidity and mortality refers to liver diseases. The major etiologies contributing to this burgeoning epidemic of liver failure are NAFLD, viral hepatitis and alcoholic liver disease. A lesser but still important contribution comes from autoimmune liver diseases, which is also increasing. On the one hand, alarming prevalence of such diseases in less developed countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, south Asia and war torn countries in the Middle East can be attributed to the destruction of civilian infrastructure including drinking water resources, health services, poor sanitation, and contaminated blood transfusion; and on the other hand, excessive alcohol consumption and promiscuity adversely affecting younger and affluent age groups in developed countries.
Currently, with access to effective treatment for hepatitis C and vaccine for hepatitis B, there is great hope to eliminate hepatitis C and control hepatitis B by 2030 globally.
Therefore, making a link among epidemiologists, health policy makers, clinicians, pathologists, virologists, specialists in transfusion medicine as well as research and laboratory centers from different parts of the world has been highlighted more than ever, and the need for establishing a scientific and medical center, making appropriate prevention decisions, treatment and control of these diseases in each country is confirmed.
Hence, Global Hepatitis Community collaborating with well-known research centers in the world would like to share and transfer its technology, knowledge and experience in order to establish liver diseases centers in the world.
It is hoped that with the help of the Almighty God and you dear friends, these foundations will pave the way for future public health.
General Secretary and Founder of Global Hepatitis Community
Seyed Moayed Alavian, M.D
Professor of Hepatology