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).