2) EUROPEAN HEPATITIS AWARENESS WEEK – WHY?
WHO Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis 2016-2021 sets the target to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030.
Awareness is a critical element in the WHO strategy. Lack of public and political awareness of the public health importance of viral hepatitis is one of the main challenges in the prevention and control of the infection globally and in Europe.
On 17 February 2016, around 150 policy-makers, patients and scientific experts on liver disease met in Brussels on the occasion of the EU Hepatitis C Policy Summit and launched the Elimination Manifesto “Our Vision for a Hepatitis C-free Europe”.
Inter alia, the Elimination Manifesto asks European policy-makers to:
Introduce a European Hepatitis Awareness Week
(the week of World Hepatitis Day) to hold intensive,
coordinated awareness-raising and educational activities across Europe
The Hepatitis B and C Public Policy Association, together with the endorsers of the Elimination Manifesto, will celebrate this year the First European Hepatitis Awareness Week on 25 – 29 July, the week of World Hepatitis Day, falling on 28 July.
3) EUROPEAN HEPATITIS AWARENESS WEEK – HOW?
(1) Online petition on the official introduction of the European Hepatitis Awareness Week
- To be launched on Change.org on 25 July 2016
- Addressed to European and national policy-makers
- Signatures will be presented by delegates of the Hepatitis B and C Public Policy Association to the addressees
(2) Sharing information and interacting on social media
- Dedicated updates and posts to be shared daily on our Facebook and Twitter profiles
- Follow us:
HepBC PPA Facebook link
HepBC PPA Twitter link
(3) Supporting the NOhep campaign on World Hepatitis Day
- Please, join us in supporting the Nohep campaign on World Hepatitis Dayby singing the petition and participating in the Thunderclap by clicking on the following link: http://bit.ly/1tqUf1a
4) ELIMINATION MANIFESTO “OUR VISION FOR A HEPATITIS C-FREE EUROPE”
Over 120 among policy-makers, patients and experts endorsed the Elimination Manifesto, pledging to:
− Make hepatitis C and its elimination in Europe an explicit public health priority to be pursued at all levels
− Ensure that patients, civil society groups and other relevant stakeholders are directly involved in developing and implementing hepatitis C elimination strategies
− Pay particular attention to the links between hepatitis C and social marginalisation
− Introduce a European Hepatitis Awareness Week
World Hepatitis Day
WHO Global Health Sector on Strategy on Viral Hepatitis 2016-2021 – Global
Action plan for the health sector response to viral hepatitis in the WHO European Region