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What do you consider to be your greatest achievements?

In my 20 years with the Hep C Trust, it was probably persuading the NHS in the UK to really get behind the idea of using peers as a central, indispensable component of hep C elimination. In my time with the World Hepatitis Alliance, which I set up in 2007, I guess I am most happy about three things: that we got hepatitis onto the global public health agenda by persuading 193 countries to make World Hepatitis Day an official WHO day (one of only four official disease specific WHO days); that we established the World Hepatitis Summit as a unique event, unlike all the existing medical conferences, that brought together governments, patient organisations and WHO to address all aspects of hepatitis; and that we got the elimination of viral hepatitis accepted as a global goal.

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