#NOhep global movement to support WHO hepatitis strategy

19 July 2016 – On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2016, global partner organizations – the World Hepatitis Alliance, together with a large number of civil society organizations – will launch a worldwide movement to mobilize forces to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030.

NOhep video by the World Hepatitis Alliance

The movement, called “NOhep”, aims to unite people working in the field of hepatitis and others throughout the world around one common purpose: the elimination of viral hepatitis. The launch follows the recent adoption of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Health Sector Strategy on viral hepatitis. This strategy has been fully endorsed by WHO’s 194 Member States, who signed on to the goal of eliminating hepatitis B and hepatitis C as public health threats by 2030.

"WHO wholeheartedly supports the NOhep movement," said Dr Gottfried Hirnschall, Director of WHO’s HIV/AIDS Department and Global Hepatitis Programme. "Mobilizing the global community to achieve the elimination goal is precisely what we aim to do through our first hepatitis strategy. We have a long way to go, but with the support of NOhep, I'm convinced that we will get there faster and stronger."

According to Raquel Peck, Chief Executive Officer of the World Hepatitis Alliance, "We are at a turning point for viral hepatitis. We have the tools; we have the commitment; what we need now is action. We are asking all stakeholders to join us in celebrating the launch of NOhep on World Hepatitis Day, to help eliminate viral hepatitis – an illness that affects 400 million people worldwide."

The NOhep movement aims to build a global umbrella platform for people to speak out, be engaged and take action to ensure global commitments to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030 are met. The movement is also designed to unite and support all policy advocacy aimed towards elimination, including WHO’s annual World Hepatitis Day campaign.

WHO is commemorating World Hepatitis Day 2016 under the theme "Know hepatitis. Act now". The campaign focuses on the limited knowledge and uptake of hepatitis testing and treatment, as well as limited knowledge regarding country burdens and national policies to respond to hepatitis. All people and communities are encouraged to join the NOhep movement and the campaign to "know hepatitis" on World Hepatitis Day.