Members of the Coalition are drawn from a wide range of organisations with an interest in hepatitis C and the improvement of treatments and services. The logos of the current members are displayed in the grid below.
Addaction is the UK’s leading drug and alcohol charity. Every year, we help over 40,000 people in England and Scotland to recover from their problems. With our help, they rebuild relationships and go on to live fulfilling and meaningful lives.
We have been at the forefront of treatment in the UK for over 45 years. More than anyone, we understand how difficult it can be to recover from a drug or alcohol problem. We know it’s about more than tackling the addiction itself and that each person’s path to recovery is different.
AbbVie is a global biopharmaceutical company that focuses on developing medicins that can provide strong clinical performance, measurable patient benefit and economic value, particularly in areas where there is significant need such as hepatitis C, neuroscience, immunology, oncology, chronic kidney disease and women’s health.
British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL)
The British Association for the Study of the Liver is dedicated to the knowledge and understanding of the biology and pathology of the liver for the optimal care of patients. BASLmembers are composed of both scientists and clinicians, including GPs, and members from the pharmaceutical industry interested in liver physiology and pathophysiology.
British Liver Nurses’ Association (BLNA)
The British Liver Nurses’ Association is a professional nursing organisation aiming to develop knowledge and understanding of liver disease through:
- the advancement of good clinical practice in the care of individuals with, or at risk of liver disease
- the promotion and dissemination of patient-focussed research
- the provision of educational opportunities in the field of hepatology
- the promotion of a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to caring for people with liver disease.
British Society of Gastroenterology
The British Society of Gastroenterology is an organisation focused on the promotion of gastroenterology within the United Kingdom. It has over three thousand members drawn from the ranks of physicians, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, scientists, nurses, dieticians, and others interested in the field. Founded in 1937 it has grown from a club to be a major force in British medicine, with representation within the British Royal Colleges and consequently the Department of Health and Government.
British Viral Hepatitis Group
The BVHG aims to improve the management and study of patients with chronic viral liver disease. The group brings together UK hepatologists, gastroenterologists, infectious disease physicians as well as virologists and epidemiologists with an interest in viral diseases of the liver.
Blenheim has been providing services to people with drug problems in London since the early 60’s. We have been and remain a pioneer in developing services to address the wide range of issues facing communities from problematic drug and alcohol use. An accessible, non-judgemental, client-focussed and proactive approach is central to our philosophy alongside our passionate belief in people’s capacity to change.
British Liver Trust
Liver disease is the fifth largest killer in the UK. We are here for everyone affected by liver disease.
- We support patients so they don’t have to face liver disease alone
- We campaign to improve awareness so people are aware of the risks to the liver
- We lobby for improved services for liver patients
- We fund research to find the causes and treatments of liver disease.
Change Grow Live (CGL)
CGL is a social care and health charity that works with individuals who want to change their lives for the better and achieve positive and life-affirming goals.
Our service users are people whose lives have been held back by a range of social issues and concerns, including substance misuse and other forms of addiction, homelessness, poverty, unemployment, domestic abuse, mental health issues and offending.
Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. We strive to transform and simplify care for people with life-threatening illnesses around the world. Gilead’s portfolio of products and pipeline of investigational drugs includes treatments for HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions, cancer and inflammation.
The Hepatitis C Trust
The Hepatitis C Trust is the only UK-wide charity focused on hepatitis C. Led and driven by people with personal experience of the virus, the Trust raises awareness and funds, drives policy and provides testing, training and support.
London Joint Working Group on Substance Abuse and Hepatitis C
The London Joint Working Group on Substance Use and Hepatitis C is a group of expert clinicians and patient advocacy and voluntary sector leads, working in collaboration with a wide group of stakeholders with the common goal of implementing an integrated plan to drive improvements in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of hepatitis C in people who use drugs, and reduce the spread of the virus.
London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum
The London drug and alcohol policy forum (LDAPF) is funded by the City of London Corporation as part of its commitment to the wellbeing of the capital and the nation. The Forum is a unique body which works with all those in London who have an interest in reducing the harm of illicit drugs and in promoting sensible drinking.
The LDAPF enjoys input from its elected member councillors, drug experts and specialists. Our unique funding situation means that we are able to work for the benefit of London in a pragmatic and non-partisan way.
Liver4Life is a new and modern charity dedicated to supporting any person affected by a liver condition in the UK. We offer support and education, as well as undertaking campaigns on behalf of people with a liver condition, to improve their care, their treatment and their support services.
Liver4Life recognises the importance of preventing liver disease and the early detection of a liver condition and liver cancer in the UK and our absolute priority is supporting liver patients in the UK. Liver4Life also run a newly launched free helpline to help all people affected by a liver condition in the UK.
Merck Sharp & Dohme
MSD is a global healthcare leader that works to address unmet health needs, providing innovative medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies and animal health products to help improve health and well-being. MSD works to deliver broad-based healthcare solutions in 140 countries and is known as Merck & Co in the United States and Canada.
South Asian Health Foundation
Just being of South Asian origin makes you more likely to suffer from common diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. We wish to foster continuing research to find out why, and perhaps avoid thousands of deaths in our communities. We also aim to highlight advances in research in the conditions that affect many South Asians and use this to influence medical care.
Sickle Cell Society
The Sickle Cell Society believes that individuals suffering from sickle cell disease have the right to quality care. This can only be achieved if funding is made available to educate health carers and other professionals about the condition. The Society aims to provide this. The Society does not discriminate between the types of sickle cell disorders or the ethnic groups concerned. Both sexes are equally affected, and should have equal access to support and services within a confidential and sensitive environment. We respect the views of every patient. We have a network of committed volunteers, who play an important part in running the charity, providing administrative backup, and helping with fund-raising activities.
We help people recover from the issues that create homelessness and to rebuild their lives.
St Mungo’s provides a bed and support to more than 2,500 people a night who are either homeless or at risk, and works to prevent homelessness, helping about 25,000 people a year.
We support men and women through more than 200 projects including:
- Emergency, hostel and supportive housing projects
- Advice services
- Specialist physical and mental health services
- Skills and work services
Turning Point is a social enterprise, focused on improving lives and communities. Any surplus profit is used to provide the best services in the right locations for those that need most, across mental health, learning disability, substance misuse and employment.
TB Alert is the UK’s national tuberculosis charity, and is the only charity that focuses on TB both in the UK and overseas – in India, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. This gives TB Alert a unique perspective in order to address issues around TB that are common both to low incidence countries like the UK and high incidence regions such as Africa and Asia.
Their work focuses on raising public and professional awareness about TB and providing support to patients during their treatment; bringing together statutory health services, voluntary organisations and people affected by TB to plan and deliver better TB services; developing policy and advocating for the resources to improve the care of patients and the prevention and control of TB.
UK Thalassaemia Society
The UK Thalassaemia Society has been in existence for more than 30 years and has amassed a wealth of experience in thalassaemia, not only in the UK, but through its network and associations with other countries.
Transform Drug Policy Foundation
The Transform Drug Policy Foundation is an independent thinktank that operates internationally and works with partners from all sectors to further its aims. Its vision is to see a a global system of drug regulation and control that protects people, and promotes peace and security, sustainable development, health and human rights. Its mission is to educate and inspire policymakers to explore and implement the effective legal regulation of drug markets.
Release is the national centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law. The organisation, founded in 1967, is an independent and registered charity.
Through their services the team provides free non-judgmental, specialist advice and information to the public and professionals on issues related to drug use and to drug laws.
The organisation campaigns directly on issues that impact on their clients – it is their experiences that drive the policy work that Release does and why they advocate for evidence-based drug policies that are founded on principles of public health rather than a criminal justice approach.
Release believes in a just and fair society where drug policies should reduce the harms associated with drugs, and where those who use drugs are treated based on principles of human rights, dignity and equality.
The organisation is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, as well as being part of the Vienna NGO Committee on Narcotic Drugs (VNGOC) and the New York NGO Committee on Drugs (NYNGOC).