The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today released a report on the elimination of hepatitis B and C as a public health concern in the United States.
This report follows the Academies’ 2016 report, Eliminating the Public Health Problem of Hepatitis B and C in the United States: Phase One Report, in which an expert panel found that despite significant challenges, elimination of hepatitis B and C as a US public health problem is feasible. Today’s report by the same committee discusses ways to reduce the barriers and provides a national elimination strategy.
Organized in the same way as the WHO global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis, the report makes recommendations across the areas of information, interventions, service delivery, financing, and research.
As a reviewer of the report, I was pleased to see that the panel’s recommendations were aligned with AASLD’s positions on several key issues. The panel recommends:
I encourage you to read the full report and to share this information with colleagues via social media, using the hashtag #HepatitisElimination.
Anna S. Lok, MD, FAASLD