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 - WHO Global hepatitis report, 2017

In May 2016, the World Health Assembly endorsed the Global Health Sector Strategy (GHSS) on viral hepatitis 2016–2021. The GHSS calls for the elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030 (reducing new infections by 90% and mortality by 65%.

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News - Access to hepatitis C treatment in Europe: findings from the 2016 Hep-CORE study

While new direct-acting antivirals introduced are now effective enough to cure more than 90% of hepatitis C cases, it is not known whether there are suitable policies to promote access to treatment in European countries. The Hep-CORE study collected information on viral hepatitis policy issues from patient groups belonging to the European Liver Patients Association (ELPA) and offers insight into this situation.

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News - World Hepatitis Alliance Summit 2017

The World Hepatitis Summit has launched a Call for Submissions inviting individuals, groups and organisations to outline their original contributions (including scientific, social and community research, programmes, products and policies) and how these have, or may have, the potential to contribute to the response to viral hepatitis in their nation, region, or community. Presenting authors of successful submissions will be invited to present their work at the World Hepatitis Summit 2017.

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News - Vaccine Safety Net meeting report

The Vaccine Safety Net (VSN), a network of websites providing quality reliable information about vaccines, was established in 2003. Its members met at WHO headquarters in Geneva on 28 to 29 November 2016. The meeting was the opportunity to strengthen links between Network members, discuss innovations in managing vaccine safety information and digital communication, discuss collaborations and agree on next steps and follow up mechanisms. A portal dedicated to VSN will soon be launched allowing the public to access relevant information and members to work collaboratively from one single platform.

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News - WHO Hepatits B and C Testing guidelines

In february 2017, WHO launched its guidelines on hepatitis B and C testing. They are the first WHO guidelines on testing for chronic HBV and HCV infection and complement published guidance by WHO on the prevention, care and treatment of chronic hepatitis C and hepatitis B infection. These guidelines outline the public health approach to strengthening and expanding current testing practices for HBV and HCV, and are intended for use across age groups and populations.

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News - The 2016 Hep-CORE Report

ELPA presents the findings of the 2016 Hep-CORE Report:
Fifty-two per cent (52%) of surveyed European (25) and Mediterranean Basin (2) countries lack national strategies to address viral hepatitis B or C despite the WHO World Health Assembly resolution calling on all countries to have one. Only three of these countries have access to the new, highly effective medicines (direct-acting antivirals) for hepatitis C without restrictions.
These are just two sobering results from the 2016 Hep-CORE Report on the state of viral hepatitis policy and practice in Europe, released by the European Liver Patients Association (ELPA) today.

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News - Hepatitis B and C prevalence in the EU/EEA – an ECDC review

A new ECDC review estimates the prevalence of both hepatitis B and C infection at around 1 percent respectively in the countries of the European Union and European Economic Area. In total, it is estimated that more than 10 million Europeans may have chronic hepatitis B or hepatitis C. 

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News - European HIV-HEPATITIS Testing Week

Testing week is an initiative of HIV in Europe to help more people to become aware of their HIV status.

Now in its fourth year and the second time hepatitis testing has been included,

European HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week will take place from 18-25 November 2016.

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News - EASL Recommendations on Treatment of hepatitis C 2016

The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) issues Recommendations on Treatment of Hepatitits C 2016:

The recommendations have been prepared by a panel of experts chosen by the EASL Governing Board and were approved by the EASL Governing Board.
They have been based as far as possible on evidence from existing publications and presentations at international meetings, and, if evidence was unavailable, the experts’ personal experiences and opinion.

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