World Hepatitis Summit 2022
The third WHS was held as a predominately virtual event in 2022, with a small in-person hub at the World Health Organization in Geneva, with the theme of “Achieving the elimination of viral hepatitis within evolving health systems”. The programme introduced the new Global Health Sector Strategy (2022-2030) and explored topics across the cascade of care for hepatitis A, B, C, D and E, including barriers such as stigma and discrimination and innovations, like the potential for a functional cure for hepatitis B.
The summit had a broad reach, with over 750 delegates from 120 countries, including 28 Ministries of Health. Delegates had the opportunity to hear from 218 speakers from 63 countries, including WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Helen Clark, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Daniel Ngamije, the Rwanda Minister of Health.
The summit had over 41 million social media impressions and proved to have a huge impact, with 92% of delegates finding the conference had a benefit to them or their organisation.
The summit had a comprehensive approach and all sectors were very well represented.
The summit set a new pace for hepatitis elimination by 2030.
This summit has widened my vision for the work that needs to be done not just worldwide, but locally.
An excellent opportunity to get up to date, and to generate commitments from the countries. It commits governments to engage and work with civil society.
It is an important event to understand the global effort in eliminating viral hepatitis as a public health threat and provide an opportunity to make connection with people in various community organisations.
A forum to meet, deliberate on, and be inspired to work harder toward hepatitis elimination.