This WHO document provides guidance to Member States in the African Region on how to implement the first-ever Global Health Sector Strategy on viral hepatitis. The priority actions proposed include developing data systems to understand the burden of the disease, preventing viral hepatitis transmission and countries designing strong hepatitis treatment programs.
The overarching objective of this plan for 2016-2019 is to strengthen national and regional public health responses with respect to the prevention, treatment, and control of viral hepatitis and reductions in viral hepatitis-related morbidity, disability, and mortality in Member States in the Americas. The Plan of Action is based on the following strategic lines of action: a) Promoting an integrated comprehensive response. b) Fostering equitable access to preventive care. c) Fostering equitable access to clinical care. d) Strengthening strategic information. e) Strengthening laboratory capacity to support diagnosis, surveillance, and a safe blood supply.
The goal of the Action plan is elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat in the WHO European Region by 2030 through the reduction of transmission, morbidity and mortality due to viral hepatitis and its complications, and by ensuring equitable access to comprehensive prevention, recommended testing, care and treatment services for all.