HIV and hepatitis events at the 72nd World Health Assembly

Join HIV, hepatitis events at the 72nd World Health Assembly

21 May 2019 - We invite all partners, delegates and staff participating in the 72nd World Health Assembly join the following events.

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Reaching people who inject drugs and people in prisons – a must for hepatitis C elimination

1 May 2019, PORTO – WHO is calling for greater commitments to scale up hepatitis C virus (HCV) testing and treatment services to people who inject drugs (PWID) and people in prisons (PIP). Around 71 million people are infected with chronic HCV worldwide with PWID being disproportionately affected. They account for the highest proportion of new infections – 23% of the 1.75 million infections that occur every year. As for PIP, up to 1 in 4 can be HCV positive. The elimination targets set by WHO aim to diagnose 90% and treat 80% of all eligible persons by 2030.

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The International Liver Congress™, Vienna, 10-14 April 2019

Global hepatitis response gains ground – more action needed to achieve universal health coverage targets

11 April 2019 – WHO reports that more people are receiving life-saving services for viral hepatitis; however, a more ambitious global investment is needed to attain the elimination targets by 2030. The report is being presented at the largest conference of global hepatitis specialists: the International Liver Congress 2019. The conference is organized by the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) and is taking place in Vienna, Austria on 10–14 April.

The International Liver Congress™
WHO at the International Liver Congress 2019

WHO at the International Liver Congress 2019

9 April 2019 – WHO, in collaboration with the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), will host two symposium events at the International Liver Congress 2019 – the largest global convention of hepatitis specialists. The WHO/EASL sessions will highlight key challenges and opportunities in the global response to viral hepatitis through focused discussions on access to hepatitis C cure for children, adolescents and pregnant women, and good practices and lessons learned in national hepatitis programmes. WHO will also share new data on global progress and studies on the global price tag for hepatitis elimination.

A mobile van delivers hepatitis C testing in Egypt

Egypt: 35 million people receive hepatitis C test

30 March 2019 – Egypt screened 35 million people for hepatitis C virus (HCV) between October 2018 and March 2019, in a national campaign to supercharge the response to viral hepatitis. The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population aims to reach 45–52 million Egyptians in 3 phases until April 2019, targeting 27 governorates (administrative districts). Those with confirmed positive test results are linked to free treatment and care through hospitals. Since 2014, the government has been able to provide free treatment to 88% of all patients.

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China steers towards zero new hepatitis B infections

30 March 2019 – China’s childhood vaccination programme for hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a beacon of effective public health. But 80 million people are still living with the infection, and mobilizing resources to save their lives through effective treatment remains a major challenge.

中国肝炎防治基金会/China Hepatitis Prevention Foundation
WHO Global Partners' Meeting on Hepatitis Elimination - February 2019

WHO urges shift from advocacy to action on hepatitis elimination

26 February 2019 – WHO will host a global meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on 27–28 February with the aim of leveraging a new partnership push to eliminate hepatitis. The meeting will bring together countries and partner organizations to jointly advocate for accelerated action and to mobilize country partnerships to achieve impact where it is most needed. Hepatitis elimination, including scale-up of access to hepatitis C curative treatment, is recognized as a “flagship” initiative by WHO Director-General Dr Tedros. #Heppartners2019


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