Participants of the first global partners' meeting on hepatitis convened by WHO in March 2014 agree on a historic "Call to action to scale up global hepaitis response". The "call to action" presses the global community for immediate and concerted action to increase access to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis.
Each month, the VHPB secretariat carries out a search on pubmed for recent papers on viral hepatitis. Based on the abstracts, 20 papers in the field of epidemiology, prevention (including vaccination) and control, risk groups, treatment or cost-effectiveness are selected, that might be of interest for health care professionals and public health policy makers.
WHO issues its first hepatitis C treatment guidelines
These are the first guidelines dealing with hepatitis C treatment produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and complement existing guidance on the prevention and transmission of bloodborne viruses, including HCV. They are intended for policy-malers, government officials and other working in low- and middleincome countries who are developing programmes for the screening, care and treatment of persons with HCV infection.