Great videos - thanks for posting, Thomas.
As one of the speakers in the webinar mentioned, there is a lack of country-level prioritisation and funding towards HBV research.
It gives me even greater appreciation for our dedicated HBV researchers, who are clearly not receiving enough support and recognition from the wider community and government bodies.
It got me thinking - what are some effective ways members of the general public can contribute?
How can I, as someone who is not directly involved in research and development, help drive progress towards finding the HBV cure that we know is out there?
Some ideas that crossed my mind:
- lobbying local Members of Parliament (a well written template letter could be useful here)
- seeking support from strong advocacy groups, such as Australian Medical Association and Pharmacy Guild
- donations (which foundations do people here suggest?)
- awareness campaigns (social media? broadcasters?)
If anyone has any suggestions, I would love to hear them.
P.S. I don’t know how helpful my ideas are. I don’t know if any of my suggestions would make any impact at all! All I know is: HBV advocacy needs a stronger voice.