HepaHealth

2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for Discovery of Hepatitis C Virus

On 5 October, the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded jointly to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton, and Charles M. Rice for their contributions to the discovery of the Hepatitis C virus. A multitude of viruses that cause liver damage and inflammation are called “hepatitis” viruses. Hepatitis C and B viruses cause most of the global hepatitis burden, with an estimated 257...

Our Vision: How Data Can Help Eliminate Hepatitis B

In 1963, the physician Baruch Blumberg discovered a protein in human blood that, five years later, was found to be part of the virus that causes hepatitis B by virologist Alfred Prince. These discoveries led vaccinologist Maurice Hilleman to design the first vaccine to prevent hepatitis B, which was approved for use in 1981. Blumberg was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his...
Jiska van der Reest, PhD

HepaHealth Founder gets awarded a Community Service Award by Harvard Medical School

HepaHealth Founder Dr. Jiska van der Reest was selected as a recipient of the 2020 Harvard Medical School Dean’s Community Service Award for her work with HepaHealth (formerly GOViral). The Dean’s Community Service Award was established in 1999 to recognize and celebrate faculty, trainees, students, and staff of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine who have made...

HepaHealth receives funding from the Harvard Social Impact Fellowship Fund

HepaHealth was awarded a grant from the Harvard Social Impact Fellowship Fund to support our work to connect communities to care to help eradicate Hepatitis B in the Philippines. The Social Impact Fellowship Fund at the Harvard Innovation Lab was established in 2019 through the generosity of Alexander Navab, in honor of The Harvard Business School Campaign. Created to help recipients accelerate...
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HepaHealth Founder elected as Ashoka Fellow

HepaHealth Founder Ryan Gersava was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship for his contributions to ensuring that the most excluded groups in society are given equal employment opportunities. Background Ryan grew up as the youngest of eleven siblings in Sultan Kudarat, one of the poorest provinces in the Philippines. His parents always emphasized the importance of education as their path to a better...

HepaHealth intern honored as Future World Changer by her University

The University of Glasgow in the UK has named our HepaHealth intern Kudzai Nyamondo as one of their Future World Changers: students with ambitions to improve lives across the globe. The University of Glasgow names their Future World Changers to support and celebrate their goals and help them achieve their ambitions alongside their studies. Kudzai was born in Zimbabwe and is motivated to intern at...

HepaHealth competes in the Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge

HepaHealth has been selected as a Semi-Finalist for the 2020 President’s Innovation Challenge at Harvard University. This annual competition is open to all students and postdoctoral research fellows and hosted by the Harvard Innovation Labs. Launching on February 4, the Challenge will take place over twelve weeks calls on the Harvard Community to think big and develop solutions to the World’s...

HepaHealth Selected to the Founding Class of Unleash+ in Shenzhen, China

HepaHealth was founded at UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2018 in Singapore, world’s biggest global hackaton to design new solutions to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This year’s edition of UNLEASH will be held in Shenzhen, China and a new track is launched for alumni teams: UNLEASH+. UNLEASH+ is a pre-accelerator for early-stage solutions that have tested their prototype....

HepaHealth becomes an official partner of the Global Coalition for Hepatitis Elimination

The Task Force for Global Healthy launched the Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination (CGHE) in July 2019 to catalyze progress towards achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for global viral hepatitis elimination. CGHE is modeled after other disease elimination programs founded by the Task Force for Global Health, and will provide services to assist the planning,...

HepaHealth launches Hepatitis Awareness Campaign in SM City Davao

In observance of the Liver Cancer and Viral Hepatitis Awareness Month 2019, HepaHealth and partner organizations Virtualahan and the Yellow Warriors Society of the Philippines (YWSP) launched an Infoxhibit at SM City Davao. The goal of this 10-day campaign was to increase awareness of hepatitis as a prevalent health issue in the Philippines among shoppers. In addition to providing information...