Mission & History
The Hepatitis B Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure and improving the quality of life for those affected by hepatitis B worldwide. Our commitment includes funding focused research, promoting disease awareness, supporting immunization and treatment initiatives, and serving as the primary source of information for patients and their families, the medical and scientific community, and the general public.
In 1991, Paul and Janine Witte with Timothy and Joan Block were deeply moved by the plight of a young family affected by hepatitis B. To the dismay of the Wittes and Blocks, they discovered there was no place for this family to turn for support, nor was there any organization devoted to finding a cure for hepatitis B.
With the personal support of Dr. Baruch Blumberg, who won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the hepatitis B virus, and the help of the local New Hope, Pa., community, the Wittes and Blocks responded to this unmet need by working tirelessly to establish the Hepatitis B Foundation.
Today, the Hepatitis B Foundation has since grown from a grassroots effort into a professional organization with a global reach.