Major simplification and scale-up of hepatitis C treatment is now possible

Hepatitis C: simplified curative treatments can drive global scale-up

13 April 2018 | Paris, France – Access to hepatitis C curative therapy is increasing, with simplified and more affordable treatments becoming more readily available to save lives. Major simplification of HCV treatment and its delivery to support global scale-up is now possible, according to new evidence gathered for WHO's updated treatment guidelines in development.

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Towards elimination of hepatitis C virus infection in children

April 2018 - Globally, an estimated 2.1 million children younger than 15 years have chronic HCV infection. There are currently no proven safe and effective options for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HCV. In 2015, second-generation direct-acting antivirals represented a new era for HCV treatment. However, there are insufficient data on the safety of these oral anti-HCV agents during pregnancy.

Ya Yun and Xiao Jie from China were cured  of hepatitis C thanks to DA A treatment

How far are we from viral hepatitis elimination service coverage targets?

April 2018 - In 2016, the Global Health Sector Strategy (GHSS) on viral hepatitis called for elimination of viral hepatitis as a major public health threat by 2030 (i.e. 90% reduction in incidence and 65% in mortality). In 2017, WHO's first‐ever Global Hepatitis Report presented the baseline values for each of the core indicators of the strategy. This article published in the Journal of the International AIDS Society provides a review of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in order to reach the 2030 service coverage targets.

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Civil society representatives from HIV, hepatitis, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections-related communities meet in March 2018 at WHO Geneva.

WHO Director-General addresses civil society leaders

22 March 2018 – For the first-time ever WHO has brought together civil society leaders from a range of communicable disease areas, including HIV, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted infections. WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreysus sent a special message welcoming meeting participants, saying "Together we have a historic opportunity to transform the global public health response. I look forward to working jointly with you all to shape the world we aspire to live in."

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WHO calls for better monitoring of viral hepatitis and liver cancer

18 March 2018, New Delhi – Today, WHO is sharing a new surveillance protocol to improve the understanding of the linkages between viral hepatitis and its two main consequences: cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (a key type of liver cancer), at the Congress of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver.

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WHO urges countries to scale up hepatitis C treatment

8 March 2018 – A new WHO report shows that the annual number of people receiving hepatitis C cure increased from around 1 million in 2015 to 1.5 million in 2016. WHO’s new report reviews the progress made in expanding access to life-saving treatment for hepatitis C infection in 23 low- and middle-income countries.

World Hepatitis Summit 2017

São Paulo Declaration on Viral Hepatitis

3 November 2017 - The World Hepatitis Summit 2017 closed on a hopeful note with the launch of the São Paulo Declaration on Viral Hepatitis, which was negotiated by government representatives. The Declaration committed to taking a broad and coordinated approach to support implementation of the core interventions outlined in WHO’s Global Hepatitis Strategy.

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Global burden

325 millionEstimated 325 million people were living with chronic hepatitis infections (HBV or HCV) worldwide in 2015.

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Silent killer

1.34 millionGlobally, 1.34 million people died of viral hepatitis in 2015.

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Effective treatment

>95% Over 95% of people with hepatitis C can be completely cured within 2-3 months.

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World Hepatitis Day 2017

World Hepatitis Summit

World Hepatitis Summit 2017

Date: 1-3 November 2017 Place: São Paulo, Brazil

Global strategy

Global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis 2016-2021

Global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis 2016-2021


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