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09.26.2019

The latest news in viral hepatitis elimination.

  • The Hepatitis Fund first Activity Report has been released on World Hepatitis Day 2021. Find it here. 
  • How can the world end viral hepatitis by 2030? 5 experts explain. Read Manal El-Sayed blog post contribution for WHD 2021 here.
  • Financing the elimination of viral hepatitis. Watch this World Economic Forum and Hepatitis Fund roundtable, in cooperation with the World Health Organisation. 
  • It’s time to rid the world of viral hepatitis. Here’s how to do it. Read THF piece here. 
  • Towards a hepatitis-free future. Watch World Hepatitis Day 2020 High-Level Talk Show here.
  • The Hepatitis Fund announces 2020 grant recipients- Read the press release here.
  • WHO released a report demonstrating the role global health donors have in catalytic funding to achieve the goals of hepatitis elimination and Universal Health Coverage. Read the report here. 
08.08.2019

Pakistan announces a new ambitious plan to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030

On World Hepatitis Day, the Government of Pakistan announced a new ambitious plan by the Prime Minister to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030. The plan was unveiled by Dr Zafar Mirza, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, and aims to scale up hepatitis prevention, testing and treatment services by screening up to 140 million people in Pakistan for viral hepatitis and providing free medical treatment for those infected. Approximately, 15 million people are living with hepatitis B and C in Pakistan and more than 20,000 people die annually of hepatitis-related causes.

New initiatives were also announced for injection safety, safe blood transfusion and national infection control guidelines. The Government of Pakistan has also been able to procure hepatitis C treatment at low prices. Providing treatment to all those currently diagnosed with hepatitis C could reduce healthcare costs in Pakistan within three years. It is estimated that 16 million people in Pakistan will need antivirals.

Pakistan’s President Alvi noted, “The plan is a step forward toward improving healthcare in the country and achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in the long run.”