Find the Missing Millions

Find the Missing Millions

9 out of 10 people living with viral hepatitis are unaware. The World Hepatitis Alliance's Find the Missing Millions campaign aims to tackle the main barriers to diagnosis.

No one should have to live with viral hepatitis without knowing. Yet, globally more than 290 million men, women and children do. Unless there is a massive scale-up in screening, diagnosis and linkage to care, more people will become infected and lives will continue to be lost.

The World Hepatitis Alliance’s (WHA) global campaign – Find the Missing Millions – is a three-year global awareness-raising and advocacy campaign aimed at tackling the main barriers to diagnosis by putting civil society organisations and the affected community at the heart of the solution.

Barriers to diagnosis

Recognising that there are many reasons why the global diagnosis rate is so low, the World Hepatitis Alliance commissioned a global survey in 2018 to understand the main barriers to hepatitis B and hepatitis C diagnosis globally. Building upon this data, WHA’s Find the Missing Million’s campaign implements a global advocacy and awareness-raising campaign to tackle the main barriers to diagnosis as outlined below:

  1. Lack of public knowledge of the disease
  2. Lack of knowledge of the disease amongst healthcare professionals
  3. Lack of easily accessible testing
  4. Stigma and discrimination
  5. The out-of-pocket costs to the patients

Find the Missing Millions Advocacy Resource

The World Hepatitis Alliance has created an online advocacy tool to enable civil society to overcome the barriers to diagnosis

See the Advocacy Resource here

As part of this campaign, WHA is also working with five members in in-country projects. Please subscribe to hepVoice for regular updates about these projects.

How can you get involved?

Join us to find the missing millions by taking part in a range of activities.

  1. Take part in the World Hepatitis Day 2019 activities
  2. Visit our Find the Missing Millions Online Advocacy Resource
  3. Share your story or experiences of diagnosis
  4. Educate colleagues about successful screening and testing initiatives
  5. Run national awareness-raising and advocacy campaigns to find the missing millions
  6. Send us a case study
  7. Send us your story