The programme will contain plenary and parallel sessions and focus on priorities for community involvement and advocacy targets for  after the event.

Programme will be updated in the upcoming weeks.

Civil Society and Community Involvement is crucial to eliminate HCV    – next steps for Advocacy and Actions

09.00 – 09.30

Welcome, Introduction

Eberhard Schatz, Correlation Network
Michael Ninburg, World Hepatitis Alliance (video)


09.30 – 10.30

Challenges and importance of civil society involvement in Hepatitis policy and practice

Moderator: Maria Donatelli (Coalition Plus)

Rui Coimbra Morais, EuroNPUD and CASO, Portugal
Julie Bruneau, INHSU, Canada
José Queiroz, Apdes, Portugal
Paata Sabelashvili, ECOM, Georgia
Ricardo Bapista Leite, MP, Portugal


10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 11.45

Treatment goes community

A conversation with hepatologists, doctors and patients about their experiences

Moderator: Sebastian Saville and Chris Ford (IDHP)

Rui Tato Marinho, University of Lisbon
Jack Lambert, UCD School of Medicine
Mojca Matičič, Cilinic for Injectious Diseases and Febrile Illnesses, University Medical Centre Ljubljana
Luís Mendão, GAT
Paul Lhungdim, The Delhi Network of Positive People
Edo Agustian,  PKNI-Indonesian Drugs User Network


11.45 – 12.30

Priorities for action

Moderators: John-Peter Kools (Correlation Network) and Joana Canedo (Apdes)

Representatives of Civil Society and Community Networks present advocacy priorities from their respective organisations:

Coalition Plus
Correlation Network
European Aids Treatment Group
European Liver Patient Association
Eurasian Harm Reduction Association
European Network of People Who Use Drugs
International Network of People Who Use Drugs
International Doctors for Healthier Drug Policy


12.30 – 14.00


Market place and poster presentations

14.00 – 15.30

Parallel sessions:

  • The importance of testing for access to treatment and cure – chaired by Correlation Network
  • ‘We are more than just patients’ – Hepatitis treatment and beyond – chaired by EATG
  • Meaningful participation of the community in the HCV response – how do we get there? – chaired by EHRA
  • HCV practice and policy in Portugal (in Portuguese) – chaired by Apdes, CASO and GAT


15.30 – 16.00

Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.00

How can we increase the relevance of research on policy and practice?

A discussion between researchers, practitioners and community representatives

Moderator: Eberhard Schatz, Correlation Network

Jude Byrne, Community Representative
Magdalena Harris, Researcher
Astrid Leicht, Harm Reduction Representative
James Dunne, Researcher
Ruth Zimmermann, Researcher


17.00 – 18.30

Wrap up,

Outlook to INHSU conference and community reception

hosted by  Portuguese community organisations and the City of Lisbon



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