Nobel Peace Prize for anti-nuclear war group founded by HEPHero Tilman Ruff
9 October 2017
It is with immense joy and pride that Hepatitis Victoria congratulates HEPHero Associate Professor Tilman Ruff, the founding chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) the worthy winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
A/Prof Ruff is a HepHero for his ongoing efforts in Indonesia and the Asia-Pacific promoting hepatitis B immunisation for infants and everyone else who needs it.
Associate Professor Ruff’s main work in recent years has been on the urgent global health imperative to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons. He is also the co-president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which won a Nobel Peace Prize for its work in 1985.
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has been the main civil society partner working with the 122 governments concluded a historic treaty to ban nuclear weapons at the United Nations in New York in July 2017.
“Like hepatitis B, nuclear war can be prevented and nuclear weapons eradicated,” A/Prof Tilman says.
“In the late 80s I became involved at the invitation of Professor Ian Gust, a wonderful mentor, in the first rollout of hepatitis B immunisation in Indonesia, figuring out how to deliver a birth dose to babies who were mostly born at home. We showed it could be done effectively and safely, and be a platform for delivering other important elements of postnatal care for mothers and newborns,” he says.
Read more about why A/Prof Tilman Ruff is a HepHero.