World Hepatitis Alliance Welcomes New Global Framework Aimed at Saving the Lives of Millions Living With Hepatitis
by Raul Bender
Switzerland, Geneva. Friday 25th July, 2012 – The World Hepatitis Alliance have today welcomed the launch of the World Health Organization (WHO) framework for hepatitis as the global patient community marks World Hepatitis Day. ‘Prevention and Control of Viral Hepatitis Infection: Framework for Global Action’, provides a global vision for the prevention and control of viral hepatitis and outlines four axes for action for regions and countries to develop effective strategies and plans according to their specific hepatitis burden and challenges.
The Alliance is calling on governments to support the WHO strategy by setting regional targets to eradicate this killer disease
“Hepatitis is closer than you think, with approximately 1 in 12 people living with either hepatitis B or C globally,” said Charles Gore, President of the Alliance. “The launch of the WHO Framework is an essential step in the fight against this global epidemic. The challenge for governments now is to action this new Framework. It is critical that specific targets are set at a regional level to ensure measurable results.”