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Important new agreement on hepatitis C treatment signed

14 November 2018 – The World Health Organization (WHO) commends the new royalty-free licence agreement signed today between the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) and AbbVie for for glecaprevir/pibrentasvir (G/P) – WHO’s recommended hepatitis C treatment (HCV). The licence will enable manufacturers to develop and sell generic medicines containing G/P in 99 low- and middle-income countries at affordable prices, enabling access to and treatment scale-up with the most effective pan-genotypic regimens.

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Standard operating procedures for enhanced reporting of cases of acute hepatitis

November 2018 – Countries require methods to measure the incidence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections and to identify the risk factors that may be associated with new infections. WHO releases today a new standard operating procedure protocol for surveillance of acute hepatitis. It is designed to describe enhanced case reporting of acute viral hepatitis and provides technical guidance to differentiate between acute and chronic hepatitis for enhanced case reporting.

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Eliminating hepatitis costs money, but saves even more

26 September 2018 – New, simpler curative therapies for hepatitis C (HCV) and the promise of better treatments and a potential cure for hepatitis B (HBV) are bringing hope and real progress in saving lives. But too few countries have rolled out newer, shorter and more effective direct-acting antiviral therapies for HCV, nor are enough people being reached with the HBV vaccine. Perceptions around the cost of hepatitis treatment may be holding back efforts to eliminate global viral hepatitis epidemics. But new tools can help countries understand the cost-saving benefits of providing treatment to those who need it.

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7 steps to hepatitis elimination

26 September 2018 - Viral hepatitis kills more people than either HIV or malaria, but has historically received less global attention despite its devastating impact on communities around the world. Sustained action is needed now if we are to capitalise on the opportunity to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030. The 7 steps to viral hepatitis elimination are:
1. Global action, national plans
2. Testing
3. Treatment
4. Hepatitis B immunisation
5. Preventing mother-to-child transmission
6. Blood safety
7. Harm reduction

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World Hepatitis Day 2018

Urgent increase in hepatitis testing and treatment needed

ULAANBAATAR | 26 July 2018 – The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners are today calling on countries to urgently increase hepatitis testing and treatment services in order to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. The calls come in the lead-up to World Hepatitis Day 2018 on 28 July, which focuses on the theme “Test.Treat.Hepatitis.” WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a video statement, “We have a clear vision for elimination, and we have the tools to do it. But we must accelerate progress to achieve our goal of eliminating hepatitis by 2030."

World Hepatitis Day 2018:

World Hepatitis Day: Test. Treat. Hepatitis

28 July 2018 - Viral hepatitis B and C are major health challenges, affecting 325 million people globally. They are root causes of liver cancer, leading to 1.34 million deaths every year. Low coverage of testing and treatment is the most important gap to be addressed in order to achieve the global elimination goals by 2030. WHO focused on the theme: "Test. Treat. Hepatitis" for World Hepatitis Day 2018 events.

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Progress toward access to hepatitis B treatment worldwide

19 July 2018 – This issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) features a report on progress toward access to hepatitis B treatment worldwide. Overall, hepatitis B treatment coverage is low among countries in all income strata. Increased awareness of, access to, and availability of affordable diagnostics, and training of health care providers might increase access to treatment.



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