Recent publications


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


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 - 2020

The VHPB board has a well-established track record and a successful way of working. In image of this way of working, the HPV prevention and control board was founded in 2015 (see video).


News - 2019 The ACHIEVE ambition

The ACHIEVE ambition is to see the elimination of viral hepatitis in Europe by 2030.

David Goldberg

Pierre Van Damme

Greet Hendrickx


News - 2019 Genes predicting liver cancer


25-11-2019 - Researchers at the University of Antwerp and the University Hospital Antwerp (Belgium) have identified a set of genes who predict which individual will develop liver cancer, enabling early treatment and a higher chance for a preferable outcome. Thomas Vanwolleghem (VHPB advisor) (Article, in Dutch).


News - 2019 April, Vilnius, Lithuania

MULTI TOPIC meeting: the impact of viral hepatitis treatment and vaccination non-responders and occult hepatitis on public health.

The presentations, premeeting document and conclusions of the VHPB meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania are now online.



World hepatitis Day 2019

The VHPB endorsers the annual World Hepatitis Day campaign: Find the missing millions.

Worldwide, 300 million people are living with viral hepatitis unaware. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care, millions will continue to suffer, and lives will be lost. On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, we call on people from across the world to take action and raise awareness on the prevention and control of viral hepatitis, aiming to find the “missing millions”.

A World Hepatitis Day film has been made to raise awareness of viral hepatitis.

The VHPB not only draws the attention to viral hepatitis during the world hepatitis day, but continues to sensitize people and policy makers throughout the year, and year after year. The VHPB assists policy makers, health care providers and public health specialist and guides countries to prevent and control viral hepatitis:

  • In October 2018, we discussed the management of viral hepatitis in Russia (Moscow, Russia); Prevention and control of viral hepatitis in the Russian Federation: Lessons learnt and the way forward.
  • In April 2019 (Vilnius, Litvia) a multi topic meeting was organized to discuss the impact of viral hepatitis treatment and vaccination in non-responders and occult hepatitis on public health.
  • At present, we are preparing a country meeting in Hungary (Budapest, Hungary) to investigate the way Hungary is controlling, managing and preventing viral hepatitis: Elimination of Viral Hepatitis in Hungary: Lessons learnt and the way forward.


Older news items can be found in the news archive.