August 2018: Hep Headlines

10 Aug 2018 Bridie Taylor

Thanks to World Hepatitis Day, viral hepatitis made the news more than ever this month. Here’s just a snapshot of some of the announcements made on WHD this year.

WHO calls for urgent increase in testing and treatment

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on countries to urgently increase hepatitis testing and treatment to reach elimination. WHO marked WHD with a video statement from Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a series of events in Mongolia with WHA and the Mongolian Ministry of Health and the release of its updated global guidelines on hepatitis C treatment.

WHA partners with InTec to find the missing millions

On 28 July we launched a new pilot project with InTec Products to increase diagnosis of hepatitis C. As part of our Find the Missing Millions programme, InTec donated 25,000 point-of-care rapid tests for hepatitis C. Find out more here.

ICE-HBV call for the integration of hepatitis B cure in elimination efforts

The International Coalition to Eliminate HBV (ICE-HBV) released a commentary calling for the integration of a hepatitis B cure in global plans to eliminate viral hepatitis. Read the release here.

IHME launch new site highlighting hepatitis trends by country

TheInstitute for Health Metrics and Evaluation have launched a new website with simple tools that dive into the burden of viral hepatitis. The data visualisations include hepatitis prevalence and country trends and hope to improve understanding of the epidemic and its global impact. Explore the website here.

Highest-risk groups left behind in pursuit of hepatitis C elimination in Europe

On WHD the European Liver Patients’ Association (ELPA) released their annual update on the state of hepatitis C policy in Europe, showing that many European countries have yet to enact focused policies and there are systematic gaps where high-risk populations are ignored. Read their press release here.

New report highlights impact of first NOhep Village at the Global Hepatitis Summit

In June we hosted the first ever NOhep Village as part of the 16th ISVHLD Global Hepatitis Summit in Toronto, Canada. The NOhep Village Event Impact Report summaries the event and assess its impact.

Read more in the latest edition of hepVoice, your monthly magazine from the World Hepatitis Alliance.