HBF Celebrates Silver Jubilee
Twenty-five years ago when the Foundation was started, there was no public awareness about hepatitis B and no place for patients to seek support. Nonprofit organizations didn’t want to touch hepatitis B because it was an ‘undesirable infectious disease.’
Public health experts said the vaccine would wipe it out in a generation so there was no need for a cure. Drug companies weren’t conducting research because they didn’t see a market. And policy makers didn’t pay attention because they weren’t hearing any noise.
Over the past 25 years, the remarkable scientific and medical advances that have been made prove hepatitis B is a problem that can be solved. There is a simple blood test, safe vaccine, good treatments, and a cure for hepatitis C. The race is now for a hepatitis B cure.
The Hepatitis B Foundation is proud to be an active partner in advancing the science and medicine of hepatitis B to fulfill our missing of finding a cure and improving the lives of those affected worldwide. In 1991, the foundation was started to help one family.
Today, we are reaching millions of families around the world through our comprehensive outreach, public health and patient advocacy initiatives. We are bringing hope through our dedicated research institute, the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute, which is one of the largest concentrations of nonprofit scientists working on hepatitis B and liver cancer.
As we celebrate our Silver Jubilee, our hope for the next 25 years is simple. We hope that a universal vaccination program will protect everyone, young and old. We hope that a complete cure is found that will benefit everyone with hepatitis B. A world without hepatitis B would be the best gift of all.