The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has published a report providing the first collation of data relating to the monitoring of progress made towards the elimination of hepatitis B and C in EU/EEA countries. Data were collated from a range of existing sources pertaining to epidemiological context, prevention and control, and impact. Data were also collected directly from all member states on testing and treatment indicators for the continuum of care in relation to hepatitis B and C.
Despite the limitations of existing data sources and the difficulties arising from the diversity of data and gaps in completeness, this collated information may represent an important step towards understanding the priority areas for action and gaps in the national responses to hepatitis B and C epidemics. The data also provides a baseline to help map progress towards the World Health Organization (WHO) elimination targets, and the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030.
Source: ECDC, 19 May 2020