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WHO Global Talk Show on World Hepatitis Day 2022

Thursday 28 July 2022 from 13:00 to 14:45

World Hepatitis Day is observed each year on 28 July to raise awareness of viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver that causes severe liver disease and hepatocellular cancer.

On this year’s World Hepatitis Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) is highlighting the need for bringing hepatitis care closer to the primary health facilities and communities so that people have better access to treatment and care, no matter what type of hepatitis they may have.

On 28 July 2022, WHO will host a virtual webinar that will feature updates from the recently launched WHO HCV guidelines on service delivery which recommends a radical simplification of the care pathway to overcome barriers in access to testing and treatment and shows how hepatitis services can be delivered at lower levels of health care, including primary care.

WHO will share a new Elimination report from seven countries from the six WHO regions that have piloted the WHO criteria to validate progress towards hepatitis B and C elimination. The results are encouraging, and reinforce the goals that elimination efforts are feasible, acceptable and can be measured within different country contexts and disease burdens.

The panel discussion will feature high profile speakers and community experiences to share solutions to bridge major gaps in the hepatitis response.

WHO Global Talk Show ’Bringing Hepatitis Care Closer to You’
Wednesday, 28 July 2022, 13:00–14:45 CEST
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The Global Talk Show will provide a platform for global and regional leaders, national and policy maker, communities, and other stakeholders to recognize the urgent need for action and discuss opportunities for accelerating the hepatitis response to achieve elimination by 2030.


Dr Funmi Lesi and Dr Niklas Luhmann

Webinar highlights

Opening Address by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

Welcome remarks and new Hepatitis strategy (2022-2030) designed to bring care closer to communities, by Dr Meg Doherty,Director, WHO Department of Global HIV, Hepatitis and STIs Programmes.

Simplified service delivery and new WHO guidelines to promote public health response by Dr Philippa Easterbrook, WHO Geneva.

Measuring progress towards elimination by 2030 is feasible (including report from 7 countries) by Dr Funmi Lesi, WHO Geneva.

The community is a major stakeholder in the hepatitis response by Mr Danjuma Adda, President, World Hepatitis Alliance.

Representatives from ministries of Health of India and Malaysia will present on, respectively, leveraging UHC and viral hepatitis elimination, and hepatitis, decentralization and selfcare.

Remarkable personal stories of people living with chronic viral hepatitis (or cured).

Bringing care closer in various WHO regions with regional advisers.

Facilitated panel discussion.

Source: WHO