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WHO Global Partner's Meeting on Hepatitis - convened by WHO March 2014 Geneva - Call To Action - Screening, care, treatment
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Call To Action To Scale Up Global Hepatitis Response" "Screening, care, treatment"
Partners sign call to action on hepatitis



5 June - Participants of the first global partners' meeting on hepatitis convened by WHO in March 2014 agree on a historic "Call to action to scale up global hepatitis response". The "call to action" presses the global community for immediate and concerted action to increase access to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis. Globally, close to 500 million people are affected by chronic viral hepatitis and they are at risk of developing severe liver disease such as cirrhosis or liver cancer without access to care.
The concerted action focuses on the following areas:
· Advocacy and awareness;
· Knowledge and evidence;
· Prevention of transmission; and
· Screening, care and treatment.
· Call to action to scale up global hepatitis response pdf, 109kb
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.
· World Health Assembly resolution WHA67.6 pdf, 151kb
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