Letter to President Trump: America Is Falling Behind in Hepatitis Elimination Efforts
After the World Hepatitis Summit - more than 60 organizations, including NVHR, signed onto a letter urging the Trump administration to invest in the Department of Health & Human Services Viral Hepatitis Action Plan and to commit in words and action to the elimination of HBV and HCV in the United States by 2030.
*Excerpt from letter…
Dear Mr. President,
In November 2017, nearly 1,000 people, including Ministers of Health, researchers, clinicians, patient advocates, and people affected by the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and the hepatitis C virus (HCV) from around the world met in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the World Hepatitis Summit. The focus of the Summit was on eliminating hepatitis around the globe by the year 2030, a goal established by the World Health Organization. U.S. attendees were disappointed that the United States was not represented by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), our domestic health ministry, at the Summit. Throughout the meeting, high-level health ministers from Brazil, China, Egypt, Georgia, Lesotho, Malta, Mongolia, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, and Uganda presented about their successes implementing initiatives to help reach HBV and HCV elimination targets by 2030. The U.S. representation only included the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). The absence of HHS was a tremendous missed opportunity on the global stage to highlight that the U.S. has a Viral Hepatitis Action Plan.