HR23 pre-conference on viral hepatitis and harm reduction

On 15 April, our Executive Director, Finn Jarle Rode, will be in Melbourne for the HR23 pre-conference on viral hepatitis and harm reduction. He will join a panel of experts, including representatives from CHAI, INPUD, The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Harm Reduction International, to discuss the financial landscape around hepatitis and harm reduction. You can register for the in-person event here.

The pre-conference is part of the Harm Reduction International Conference (HR23) taking place in Melbourne and virtually from 16 to 19 April 2023. For more info on the conference and its programme, visit 27th Harm Reduction International Conference (

Photo credit: Jacqueline Wales for Pixabay.


New partnership with Muslim World League

We’re pleased to share that we started a new partnership with the Muslim World League (WML).

WML is supporting our efforts as part of its involvement in global health. WML is an engaged supporter of health-related initiatives and, in recent years, implemented various programmes that provided healthcare to more than one million people.    We believe that fostering dialogue can improve the collective response to global challenges. The Muslim world is deeply affected by hepatitis, and the global response must involve them to be successful.    

Finn Jarle Rode, Executive Director of The Hepatitis Fund, in Riyadh with H.E. Sheikh Dr Mohammad Alissa.

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. 

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.”