KNU Workshop #12 - Prevalence, Detection and Treatment of Hepatitis in Kurdistan Region
8 months ago
Presented by: Prof. Seyed Moayed Alavian and Assistant Prof. Salman khan
Today the World Hepatitis Alliance launches an open letter calling for immediate action to vastly improve access to life-saving drugs for viral hepatitis. Signed by over 120 organisations from 55 countries, the letter highlights that more people die each year from hepatitis B and C than from HIV/AIDS, TB or malaria and that “the single most important reason for this is that they do not have access to life-saving drugs for hepatitis B and hepatitis C “.
The open letter has been signed on behalf of the 400 million people worldwide living with hepatitis B and C and makes specific requests to governments and pharmaceutical companies. In particular, the letter calls on national governments to take all necessary steps to:
Remove stigma that prevents people coming forward for testing
Put in place adequate infrastructure and reduce the price of diagnostics so that they can screen at-risk populations
Remove barriers and speed up the process of national registration of hepatitis drugs
Reduce the price of the best hepatitis drugs to be able to massively scale up national treatment programs
The letter also urges pharmaceutical companies to:
Ensure their drugs are affordable in all countries, including making the Intellectual Property of the best drugs available to the Medicines Patent Pool
Stop anti-diversion policies or using a dominant market position which prevent people accessing the best treatment available
At the end of the workshop, participants will have knowledge and prevalence of Hepatitis:
WHAT IS HEPATITIS?
WHAT MAKES VIRAL HEPATITIS A GLOBAL HEALTH PROBLEM?
NATIONAL VIRAL HEPATITIS PROGRAMME FINANCING STRATEGY TEMPLATE
Who can participate?
Participation in the workshop is open to all our members of staff, students and external guests with interest in this topic. Your attendance will be highly appreciated. Let’s enjoy a relaxing session and learn something together.