Recent publications

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List of VHPB publications online available

Many European countries 'flying blind' in their efforts to eliminate viral hepatitis.
Lazarus JV, Safreed-Harmon K, Colombo M, Reic T, Schatz E, Van Damme P; ACHIEVE Coalition.
Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2017 Jul 26;14(8):445-446. doi: 10.1038/nrgastro.2017.98.
Single-Dose Hepatitis A Immunization: 7.5-Year Observational Pilot Study in Nicaraguan Children to Assess Protective Effectiveness and Humoral Immune Memory Response.
Mayorga O, Bühler S, Jaeger VK, Bally S, Hatz C, Frösner G, Protzer U, Van Damme P, Egger M, Herzog C.

Recent newsletters

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VHPB Newsletter

Highlighting underserved groups for screening, prevention and treatment of viral hepatitis B and C in Europe
Newsletter 1/2017 - September/2017  Ljubljana, Slovenia 883 kB (.pdf)
Prevention and control of viral hepatitis in the Baltic States: lessons learnt and the way forward
Newsletter 2/2016 - June/2016  Riga, Latvia 463 kB (.pdf)
Towards a hepatitis-free Europe: how to make it feasible and affordable
Newsletter 1/2016 - January/2016  London, United Kingdom 725 kB (.pdf)

News - Meeting of the International Task Force for Disease Eradication, June 2017

The meeting report of the International Task Force for Disease Eradication to discuss viral hepatitis elimination was published in the September 15th issue of the WHO weekly epidemiological record (WER). The report details:

  • information presented and discussed at the meeting 
  • ITFDE endorsement of the WHO elimination goals for hepatitis B and hepatitis C
  • ITFDE recommendations for activities (underway and new actionable ideas) to accelerate progress toward viral hepatitis elimination
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News - Prevention as an essential part of elimination: Norway and the United Kingdom have recently become the latest countries in the WHO European Region to add hepatitis B vaccination to their routine immunization schedules

Eliminating the threat of HBV infection requires a comprehensive approach that includes prevention of infections acquired immediately before and after birth and during childhood, as well as during adolescence and adulthood. Norway and the United Kingdom have recently become the latest countries in the WHO European Region to add hepatitis B vaccination to their routine immunization schedules: Norway has offered the vaccine since February 2017 and the United Kingdom will provide a hexavalent vaccine, including hepatitis B, at age 2 months for children born after 1 August 2017. With these two additional countries offering population-wide protection against the virus, the Region is one step closer to its goal of controlling HBV infection, as established in the European Vaccine Action Plan 2015–2020. More info

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News - 28 July 2017 World Hepatitis Day

28 July is World Hepatitis Day. The theme for 2017 is #ShowYourFace to eliminate hepatitis:

To encourage people to feel empowered, personally connected and understand their role in elimination, this year, the ELIMINATE HEPATITIS theme is brought to life through the #ShowYourFace campaign.

 

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News - WHA Response to the Cochrane Systematic Review on DAA-Based Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C

The members of the Executive Board of the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA) have written an open letter to the Cochrane Collaboration in which they raise doubts about the recent Cochrane review of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for the treatment of hepatitis C. The WHA points to the unsound methodology leading to unreliable conclusions. 

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News - EASL Response to the Cochrane Systematic Review on DAA-Based Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C

EASL, the European Association for the Study of the Liver, one of the leading associations of liver specialists, raises serious concerns after the recent publication of a Cochrane Group systematic review entitled “Direct acting antivirals for chronic hepatitis C” by Jakobsen et al. After reviewing 138 clinical trials, including 25,232 participants.

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