Welcome to the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) Hepatitis C Global Media Education Initiative. The goal of this program is to provide journalists around the world with the appropriate tools, data sets and education to accurately cover the HCV story.

The initiative’s steering committee of prominent hepatitis experts and top level journalists met for the first time at the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL)’s 50th International Liver Congress in Vienna to draft an action plan. On May 27-28 in Paris, the committee hosted a media roundtable discussion with invited journalist delegates from different world regions to draft an education plan that would address the regional hepatitis reporting needs of journalists from around the world.

The education plan helps journalists explore:

  • The global disease burden of HCV
  • The health risks of HCV and the need for screening
  • The challenges associated with HCV treatment and prevention
  • The rapidly evolving HCV treatment landscape
  • Global HCV public health policy


The program materials provided on this website are organized into modules that present information about HCV from specific story angles – such as health or public policy. The modules correspond to different angles from which HCV stories can be told. As such, a topic might be covered multiple times from different perspectives in multiple modules. For example, the new direct antivirals are covered in the 1) treatment, 2) public policy, and 3) biology basics modules. The material are presented in a way that provides guidance from Steering Committee members on how to provide strong coverage of HCV.

The World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA) is an official partner of the initiative A seed donation from AbbVie has supported the development of the educational materials and the launch of this initiative.


Chair: Phil Hilts (Award-winning science journalist and former Director, Knight Science Journalism Program MIT)

Members: Health journalists Poul Birch Eriksen (Special Correspondent, Danish Broadcasting Corporation and former Executive Producer), Cécile Klingler (Science journalist and former News and Biology Editor at La Recherche), Mohammed Yahia (Executive Editor for the Middle-East, Nature), Charles Gore (President of the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA), and leading HCV researcher Jean-Michel Pawlotsky (Director of the National Reference Center for Viral Hepatitis B, C and Delta and of the Department of Virology at the Henri Mondor University Hospital)


Claire Hédon (Health Broadcast journalist, Radio France Internationale (RFI), Chul Joong kim (Health & Science Editor, Chosun Ilbo), Chistophe Assogba (Investigative Science journalist, Media Production), André Picard (Public Health reporter, columnist. Globe and Mail), Sabin Russell (Freelance Health & Science journalist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Roberta Villa (Health communicator and journalist. Health Editor, Zadig). Karine Lacombe (Ass. Professor, Dept. of Infectious and tropical diseases of Saint-Antoine Hospital (AP-HP) was invited as a special guest and consultant.


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