For World Hepatitis Day 2019, WHO is focussing on the need for increased financing for hepatitis prevention, testing, treatment and care services in the context of universal health coverage (UHC) with a slogan “Invest in eliminating hepatitis”. The campaign can help to achieve the following objectives:
- To urge national and regional policymakers increase political and financial commitments for hepatitis response
- To highlight WHO’s new costing estimates for hepatitis elimination within the context of health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UHC by 2030
- To encourage people come forward to access hepatitis prevention, testing and treatment services
WHO plans to participate in special events organized by the Government of Pakistan on 27-28 July commemorating World Hepatitis Day 2019. The events will include the WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean and Assistant Director-General for UHC/Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases.
All WHO regional and country offices are strongly encouraged to engage ministries of health and partner organizations in jointly commemorating World Hepatitis Day 2019.
We note that the World Hepatitis Alliance, one of our key partners and a global umbrella organization of patient advocates will be promoting “Find the Missing Millions” campaign launched in 2018. The campaign's focus on hepatitis testing and diagnosis addresses a major barrier in achieving elimination, and is consistent with the overall advocacy goals.