In 2014, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Health Assembly unanimously adoptedresolution WHA67.6, [PDF 152 KB] which urged Member States and the WHO Director-General to enhance efforts in viral hepatitis surveillance, prevention, treatment access, and disease control. This resolution tasked the WHO with assessing the feasibility of elimination targets for hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV) viruses. As a result, the WHO is developing a Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis, 2016-2021, due to be released later this year, to guide global action and supplement existing activities in addressing viral hepatitis.
In response to these developments at the global level, the CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis and the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) have commissioned the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to determine the feasibility of setting national HBV and HCV elimination targets in the United States. To carry out this feasibility study, the IOM has convened an expert panel to examine relevant scientific and policy issues. The initial report is anticipated to be released in April 2016. The IOM is a division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The Academies are private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine. READ MORE….
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