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)

World hepatitis Day 2018 "Finding the missing millions"

Also this year the VHPB endorses the WHO World Hepatitis Day (WHO) campaign, Finding the missing millions. Worldwide, 300 million people are living with viral hepatitis unaware. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to prevention and care, millions will continue to suffer, and lives will be lost. On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, people from across the world take actions, raise awareness and join in the quest to find the “missing millions”. The World Hepatitis Day is the day that deserves full attention of the world for the prevention and control of viral hepatitis. But the task of the VHPB is not to draw the attention for only one day - during the whole year, and year after year, we help raising the awareness, assist policy makers, health care providers and public health specialist and guide countries to prevent and control viral hepatitis:

  • This year Lisbon was the scene (March 2018, Lisbon, Portugal) to discuss hepatitis Vaccine Shortage and  Update on hepatitis B treatment.
  • in May 2018 (Bucharest, Romania VHPB ACHIEVE meeting) a meeting was organized to review the  Elimination of Viral Hepatitis in Romania: lessons learnt and the way forward
  • at this very moment we are in Hanoi (July 2018, Hanoi, Vietnam): to review Prevention and control of hepatitis B with  combined vaccines, and timely birth dose vaccination in Asian countries.
  • And later this year we will meet with Russian experts to take stock of the way Russia is controlling, managing and preventing viral hepatitis (October, 2018; Moscow, Russia).
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News - Hepatitis C Elimination in Europe. European Policy Guidelines of the Hepatitis B and C Public Policy Association

In collaboration with VHPB and other leading experts in the field, the Hepatitis B&C Public Policy Association has developed concrete policy recommendations and actions to be taken at national level to implement the Elimination Manifesto and to contribute to the elimination of HCV by 2030.

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News - Pediatric Vaccines and Vaccinations. A European Textbook.

This book aims to provide information on the current vaccines that are used in childhood immunizations programs in Europe and the principles which underlie them. The textbook is destined to “vaccinologists” and European and other pediatricians and practitioners who deal with vaccines and vaccinations and will hopefully be used in the curriculum.

Editors: Vesikari, Timo, Van Damme, Pierre (Eds.)

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News - Action plan for the health sector response to viral hepatitis in the WHO European Region (2017)

WHO published the first Action plan for the health sector response to viral hepatitis in the WHO European Region (2017). The action plan adapts the Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis, 2016–2021 to the context of the European Region. The document addresses all five hepatitis viruses, but its major focus is on hepatitis B and C, given the high public health burden they represent in the Region. 

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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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