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."

Global reporting system for hepatitis (GRSH)

Global reporting system for hepatitis

19 July 2018 – Ahead of World Hepatitis Day 2018, WHO is launching a new online Global reporting system for hepatitis (GRSH). The system is designed to support monitoring progress towards the 2016 agreed targets towards elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. The GRSH includes indicators for (a) selected data elements from the monitoring and evaluation framework not already captured by other systems; and (b) critical policy uptake indicators.

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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.

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. Hepatitis B and C are chronic infections that may not show symptoms for a long period, sometimes years or decades. At least 60% of liver cancer cases are due to late testing and treatment of viral hepatitis B and C. 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 will focus on the theme: "Test. Treat. Hepatitis" for World Hepatitis Day 2018 events.

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A computer-generated image of the hepatitis B virus

Finding a cure for hepatitis B: are we close?

June 2018 – Hepatitis B virus (HBV) takes a huge human and economic toll. Despite this, research into HBV is drastically underfunded, to the point that it was recently compared to a neglected tropical disease. But hope for a cure is growing. In 2016, global partners joined forces to create the International Coalition to Eliminate Hepatitis B (ICE-HBV), with the aim of fast-tracking the discovery of a cure for HBV. At the International Liver Congress (ILC) in Paris in April 2018, ICE-HBV members reported on encouraging developments towards an HBV cure.

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Delegates at the World Health Assembly gathered for the opening during the first plenary meeting - 21 May 2018

WHA71 reviews progress on hepatitis strategy

23 May 2018 – The Seventy-first World Health Assembly will review the Director-General's progress report on implementation of the Global Health Sector Strategies on HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections, for the period 2016–2021 (resolution WHA69.22 (2016)). The session is scheduled in Committee B at 14:30 on Friday, 25 May. You can read the progress report in Document A71/41 Rev. 1 and watch the discussion live.

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Major simplification and scale-up of hepatitis C treatment is now possible

Hepatitis C: simplified curative treatments can drive global scale-up

13 April 2018 | Paris, France – Access to hepatitis C curative therapy is increasing, with simplified and more affordable treatments becoming more readily available to save lives. Major simplification of HCV treatment and its delivery to support global scale-up is now possible, according to new evidence gathered for WHO's updated treatment guidelines in development.



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