Statement urges action on hepatitis
Politicians, governments, health departments and the wider community have been called to act urgently to prevent deaths caused by viral hepatitis.
The call is part of the Auckland Statement on Viral Hepatitis and was issued at the 8th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference in Auckland, New Zealand in September.
The statement calls for urgent measures to prevent new infections and stem rising rates of cirrhosis, liver cancer and preventable deaths.
The statement also sets targets for hepatitis B and C prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and identifies actions needed to achieve these. These actions include improved early diagnosis and timely access to quality treatment, care and support for those in need. Such measures would reduce the number of people with viral hepatitis who remained undiagnosed or unaware of how treatment could improve and extend their lives.