Our Story

OUR STORY SO FAR: A TRAILBLAZING JOURNEY

The World Hepatitis Alliance was founded in 2007 to give people living with viral hepatitis a voice

 

 

Not only have we have changed the course of viral hepatitis history, we have put it on the map. We can make bold statements like this because we have the results to back it up. Since our inception in 2007, we’ve spearheaded global awareness days, launched a global movement, held two global summits and convened 254 patient organisations in 86 countries.

In 2016, our tenacious effort and unwavering commitment resulted in viral hepatitis becoming a global priority when 194 governments pledged to its elimination by 2030.

Although we have come a long way and progress has begun, a global strategy and targets alone are not enough to turn an aspiration into reality. Today, only 9 out of the 194 countries that committed to eliminating this epidemic are on track to reach the 2030 goal.

They cannot do it alone. Without putting people living with the disease at the centre of the response, all efforts will fail. As such, we will harness the power of people living with viral hepatitis to achieve its elimination.

To find out more about our activities for 2018-2020, check out our Strategic Plan.

Milestones on our road to elimination

2007
World Hepatitis Alliance established
2008
First community-led World Hepatitis Day celebrated
2009
Development of the first World Health Assembly resolution on viral hepatitis
2010
Adoption of first resolution on viral hepatitis (WHA63.18)
2011
Global Hepatitis Programme established at WHO headquarters
2012
WHA granted Official Relations status with the World Health Organization
WHA seconds a member of staff to the WHO Global Hepatitis Programme
2013
WHA granted Special Consultative Status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council
2014
WHA joins WHO Director-General’s STAC-HEP on hepatitis
Adoption of the second resolution on viral hepatitis (WHA67.6)
2015
Inaugural World Hepatitis Summit is held in Glasgow, Scotland
Viral hepatitis included in the Sustainable Development Goals
2016
Global elimination strategy adopted
WHO regional action plans adopted
NOhep launched
2017
Second World Hepatitis Summit is held in São Paulo, Brazil
10th World Hepatitis Day celebrated