WHO Resolution + Framework
Following extensive lobbying from the World Hepatitis Alliance and patient groups around the world, the World Health Assembly has agreed a resolution on viral hepatitis. The resolution was supported by all 194 member states, reflecting the international realisation that action to tackle these diseases is now urgently required.
For the first time, the resolution recognises the global impact of hepatitis B and C – two diseases that kill one million people a year and which to date have not received the global attention they deserve. The resolution clearly states the need for global coordinated action to tackle viral hepatitis backed by dedicated resources. It also provides global endorsement of World Hepatitis Day as the primary focus for national and international awareness-raising efforts.
We would like to thank everyone who supported the campaign to ensure this resolution was passed. The World Hepatitis Alliance and supporting groups now look forward to working with governments and the WHO to begin the urgent task of preventing new infections and providing much needed support to the 500 million people living with viral hepatitis worldwide.
To view the WHO resolution on viral hepatitis, please click here.
Following the adoption of the resolution on viral hepatitis, WHO launched the Prevention and Control of Viral Hepatitis Infection: Framework for Global Action on World Hepatitis Day 2012. It describes the four areas of work to prevent, treat and save the lives of people infected with hepatitis through targeted regional and country-specific strategies. These strategies will help combat the disease that, despite affecting 500 million people worldwide, remains largely unknown, undiagnosed and untreated.
The four strategic axes are:
Axis 1: Raising awareness, promoting partnerships, and mobilizing resources
Axis 2: Evidence-based policy and data for action
Axis 3: Prevention of transmission
Axis 4: Screening, care and treatment
To view the Framework for Global Action on viral hepatitis, please click here.