February 2018: Hep Headlines

6 Feb 2018 Bridie Taylor

Viral hepatitis is making the headlines. Here’s the latest news from the field of viral hepatitis this month.

  • WHA welcomes a New President: Michael Ninburg begins his term as WHA President and will serve for the period 2018-2019. 
  • NHS England hopes England will be the first country to eliminate hepatitis C: The National Health Service (NHS) sets its sights on the title of the first country in the world to eliminate hepatitis C
  • Civil society urge Trump to fund the US hepatitis response: Over 60 organisations in the United States wrote an open letter to the President of the United States, calling on the government to take action to achieve the 2030 elimination target and to fund the national hepatitis action plan. 
  • France makes hepatitis B vaccination compulsory for all children: As of 1 January, the Government of France made it mandatory for all children to be vaccinated against hepatitis B. 

  • USA hit by hepatitis A outbreaks: From Michigan to Missouri and California to Utah, news of hepatitis A outbreaks has been grabbing headlines across the States this month. 

  • Kazakhstan steps up efforts to tackle hepatitis: The Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan has announced that in 2018 it will prioritise treatment of hepatitis B and C

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