These 3 studies formed a meta-analysis that was recently named by Dr Antony Fauci as one of the top five clinical highlights in the world. What they show is death rates halved and ICU stays substantially reduced. In the Financial Times, Dr Fauci urgently called for more and much larger studies into to these readily available drugs.
Dr Freeman has vast experience with these medicines, having cured over 3000 hepatitis C patients. GHNZ is responding to the call for more trials. A network of trials is now underway in 7 countries. Results will be available from early November 2020. The bigger the trials are, the more sure the world can be we have an effective treatment.
Global Health New Zealand believes that now, August 2020, there is a serious imbalance between vaccine research and small molecule treatment research funding. We are working to help correct that and are currently calling on the New Zealand Government and collecting donations to increase the size of the trial starting shortly in Brazil.
Please contact us if you can help us solve the most urgent problem in global health or want to know more. Charitable donation receipts can be given for NZ, USA, Brazil and Australia.
2019 found me in a conference hall in Boston. I was tired, I had come to the
end of three days on an NGO stand at the biggest liver conference in the world.
Almost time to pack up. I was there promoting our new global symbol for the
highly stigmatised virus, the Hep C butterfly.
As we had
found everywhere in the world, I’d had overwhelming support, thousands of ‘feel
good’ butterfly items taken and endorsements of it as the global symbol signed.
It was on the lapels of most of the
eminent clinicians there. It really happened, the #hepcbutterfly has become
like the daffodil is for cancer. People walk towards it and the stigma is gone.
They talk, ask questions and it leads to treatment.
Many smiles and selfies later. I had travelled from New Zealand and done the conference alone, I was almost talked out. One more person approached, smiling in advance, as so many did at the stall. I had seen thousands of faces but this face…it was one of those frozen moments, searching my mind because I knew this was significant. I’m glad to say it came quickly, and the conference lanyard came in handy to confirm.
I realised it was the man to whom I owed my life. The legendary virologist
who invented the world’s first, and only cure for a virus. I thought about all
the people I knew… actually the millions of us who would not be alive now but
for his ground breaking work. Breakthroughs not ‘just’ for Hep C; but Hep B and
HIV as well. One of the scientists of the century.
I’m not easily overwhelmed but it was a big moment. We talked, he was
happy to endorse our symbol for the virus he cured. He wanted to know how I
felt, what the difference was for me, he is a researcher and does not speak to
many people like me, a survivor thanks to sofosbuvir.
I was able to tell him- I was at death’s door. My liver was failing and I
had Hep C all my adult life. Your miracle drug arrived just in time, I am twice
the person I was before and have since completed a law degree. I was able to
tell him of the thousands of survivors I am connected to on social media and
thank him for us all.
In these new extraordinary times, conferences like this are now
impossible. We swapped contacts, and have kept in touch a little. The man
behind my miracle continues to work on viral solutions and I keep using my new
life to give others the news about the cure. This moment captured is one I
won’t forget. There are even more challenges to be met in global health now,
and thanks to Professor Schinazi, I have work to do.