New declaration on viral hepatitis, by leaders from 98 countries, sets targets to eliminate hepatitis at first ever world summit

4 Sep 2015 Bridie Taylor

New declaration on viral hepatitis, by leaders from 98 countries, sets targets to eliminate hepatitis at first ever world summit

  • Global leaders commit to setting targets to eliminate hepatitis as a public health threat - currently kills more than 1.4 million people a year, 4000 people a day, and more than 400 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis B or C
  • Pivotal moment on the road to eliminating viral hepatitis reached on final day of first ever World Hepatitis Summit in Glasgow

Glasgow, 4 September 2015: Today, leaders from around the world committed to the Glasgow Declaration on Viral Hepatitis, marking a pivotal step in the road to eliminate the world’s 7th biggest killer.  

Globally, 400 million people are living with viral hepatitis and over 1.4 million people die every year because of it. Health ministers, policy makers, civil society and public health specialists from around the world have committed to this momentous declaration to call on governments to set targets which will form a road map towards elimination of this global health threat. The declaration calls on governments to implement comprehensive, funded national hepatitis programmes in line with the World Health Assembly Resolution 67.6.

The full declaration can be found here.

Today’s declaration marks the close of the first-ever World Hepatitis Summit hosted in Glasgow, Scotland, at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC). The World Hepatitis Summit is a joint World Health Organization (WHO) and World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA) event hosted by the Scottish Government and supported by Glasgow Caledonian University and Health Protection Scotland.

This three-day meeting was convened in response to last year’s World Health Assembly Resolution calling for concerted action to reverse the ever-rising death toll from viral hepatitis.

Commenting from the Summit, Charles Gore, President of the World Hepatitis Alliance said “The Glasgow Declaration on Viral Hepatitis is an incredibly important step towards the elimination of this disease. For far too long we have allowed 1.4 million people to die every year. For far too long these deaths have been preventable. Today, leaders from around the world have committed to setting targets towards the elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat.”

Glasgow Declaration in other languages:






Notes to Editors

About Viral Hepatitis

Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. There are five different hepatitis viruses, hepatitis A, B, C, D and E.

All of these viruses cause short term, or acute infection. However the hepatitis B, C viruses can also cause long-term infection, called chronic hepatitis, which can lead to life-threatening complications such as cirrhosis (liver scarring), liver failure, and liver cancer. Viral hepatitis kills more than 1.4 million people every year.

About the draft Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis, 2016-2021

The strategy builds on the current WHO Framework for Action on Viral Hepatitis (2012) and the 2010 and 2014 World Health Assembly resolutions on viral hepatitis. It is closely aligned with the post-2015 health and development agenda and targets, the drive towards universal health coverage, as well as with related global health strategies and plans, including those for HIV, sexually transmitted infections, blood safety and non-communicable diseases.

The draft strategy sets out an ambitious set of targets to greatly reduce new infections and deaths from viral hepatitis by 2030 and to provide a corresponding coverage of prevention and treatment interventions to make this happen.  

About The World Hepatitis Summit 2015

The World Hepatitis Summit provides a unique platform to strengthen the hepatitis community voice, assist countries in developing national hepatitis action plans and to raise the global profile of viral hepatitis. As a platform to improve the creation and implementation of action plans through sharing of best practice, the World Hepatitis Summit will directly support the WHA67.R7 resolution.

About The World Hepatitis Alliance

The World Hepatitis Alliance is an international umbrella organisation seeking a world without viral hepatitis. Working on policy change, capacity building, access and awareness.

About The World Health Organization

WHO is the specialised agency for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.