Ms. Raquel Peck is the CEO of the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA), an international umbrella organisation of more than 250 hepatitis groups which she helped to establish in 2007 because viral hepatitis had been inexplicably neglected for so long. This persistent neglect means that there is an awful lot of catching up to do so she campaigns for a higher profile and priority for these diseases, ensuring the voices of patients are at the forefront of national and global health discussions.
Before being appointed CEO, Raquel worked as the International Relations Director for the WHA and was part seconded to the World Health Organization (WHO) after the Global Hepatitis Programme was established to help the team in Geneva with their communications strategy. Previously to this she was employed as a Public Relations Coordinator for the only UK national charity dedicated to hepatitis C - The Hepatitis C Trust. Raquel’s work in the field was instrumental to the adoption of three WHO resolutions on hepatitis, the third resulting in the ratification of a robust Elimination Strategy for the disease by 194 governments in 2016. She is committed to seeing a world where viral hepatitis is no longer a public health issue and will continue to campaign for the ultimate goal of eliminating the epidemic.