World Hepatitis Summit: No Elimination without Decriminalisation!

Source: Hep C Coalition

At the occasion of the World Hepatitis Summit, a large coalition of patients, clinicians, social workers, representatives of the drug using community, researchers and public health experts express their whole-hearted support to the commitment of World Health Organization (WHO) States members to the goal of eliminating viral hepatitis by 2030; and declare that this goal will only be achieved if people who use drugs access effectively to prevention and treatments.

Injecting drug users are particularly exposed to hepatitis C virus, with one fourth of new infections attributed to sharing of unsterile injecting equipment. Yet their access to prevention and treatment remains far behind the WHO targets, jeopardizing the goal of eliminating viral hepatitis by 2030.

The viral hepatitis community calls on World leaders to urgently increase access to harm reduction interventions and reform criminalizing drug policies that hinder access to health services. See attached their Declaration presented today at the World Hepatitis Summit.

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