Polaris hepatitis disease burden data were reviewed with the International Task Force for Disease Eradication (ITFDE) at the Carter Center and the task force calls for the elimination of hepatitis

Earlier this year, the US CDC organized a meeting with the board of directors of the International Task Force for Disease Eradication (ITFDE) at the Carter Center in Atlanta, to discuss the potential for global elimination of hepatitis. A group of hepatitis experts presented the landscape of hepatitis infection and the ongoing activities / initiatives. The presenters included Dr. Catharina Boehme (FIND), Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall (WHO), Dr. Olufunmilayo Lesi (University of Lagos Teaching Hospital, Nigeria), Dr. Homie Razavi (CDA Foundation), the Honorable Dr. David Sergeenko (Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs, Georgia), and Dr. John Ward (US CDC). Dr. Razavi presented global epidemiology of hepatitis C and B and the economic case for hepatitis elimination using data from the Polaris Observatory. The outcome of that meeting was the endorsement of HBV and HCV elimination by The ITFDE as summarized in the report now available online (https://www.cartercenter.org/resources/pdfs/news/health_publications/itfde/itfde-summary-062017.pdf)

The ITFDE recommendations follow:
  1. ITFDE endorses the WHO goals for the elimination of HBV and HCV as global health threats by 2030.
  2. ITFDE recommends development of comprehensive elimination programs tailored for the WHO region, national, or sub-national level, with appropriate attention given to innovative strategies tailored to align with local epidemiologic circumstances, health system capacities, and cultures.
  3. ITFDE recommends development of model elimination programs and demonstration projects, particularly in WHO priority countries.
  4. ITFDE recommends health equity be a guiding principle for countries and organizations seeking to provide hepatitis B vaccination, hepatitis C treatment, and other effective interventions.
  5. ITFDE recommends improving the quality of public health surveillance and other strategic information sources, particularly for low and middle income countries.
  6. ITFDE recommends that HBV and HCV Elimination Programs engage communities for awareness, planning, and implementation.
  7. ITFDE recommends establishing collaborations with multiple partners to finance HBV and HCV Elimination Programs.
  8. ITFDE recommends innovative use of new communication and information technologies.
  9. ITFDE recommends a research agenda that can accelerate program development, improve effectiveness, and increase the feasibility of HBV and HCV elimination.
  10. ITFDE recommends establishment of a global coalition charged with building the capacity and advocacy needed to achieve the WHO targets for global viral hepatitis elimination.

 

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