World Health Assembly adopts resolution on hepatitis

13 June – WHO Member States convening at the Sixty Seventh Session of the World Health Assembly have adopted a new global resolution to promote a comprehensive response to viral hepatitis. The resolution was cosponsored by a range of countries, including Brazil and Egypt. During the meeting 50 countries spoke in favour of the resolution after which it was endorsed by all 194 countries represented at the Assembly.

The resolution calls for enhanced action to improve equitable access to hepatitis prevention, diagnosis, and treatment and asks countries to develop comprehensive national hepatitis strategies. The WHO Secretariat is also requested to facilitate access to affordable treatment, to provide technical assistance to countries and to improve monitoring and evaluation systems to estimate the global burden of viral hepatitis and the associated economic impact.