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.