In 2016, the WHO adopted its global strategy to eliminate viral hepatitis B and C as a public health threat by 2030, building on the UN SDGs.
On the occasion of World Hepatitis Day 2021, the ECDC pointed out that the 2030 elimination target will not be reached, if the gaps in prevention (harm reduction, vaccination), diagnosis and treatment, as well as in the provision of reliable national data are not urgently addressed.
The ECDC’s assessment is based on data from 2019, so the situation is likely to have worsened since then due to COVID-related disruptions. At the same time, there is a glimpse of hope, as, in the words of the ECDC, “COVID-19 has demonstrated what can be achieved in a short time in communicable disease control. It highlights the potential for achieving the hepatitis elimination targets by 2030, given the highly effective diagnostic and therapeutic tools that are now available”.
With its webinar, ACHIEVE would like to raise awareness of the urgent need to put viral hepatitis B and C elimination on track, and explore how EU policy initiatives and funding can help Member States drive forward elimination and facilitate good practices throughout the EU, also supporting the EU neighbourhood.