The World Indigenous People's Conference on Viral Hepatitis Meeting was held on 15-17 September 2014 in Alice Springs, Australia.
The signatories to the Anwernekenhe Consensus Statement (which came out of the meeting) acknowledge the fact that viral hepatitis is a major, devastating, under-recognised health issue within Indigenous communities globally. The statement recognises the signatories' desire to reduce the impact of viral hepatitis on Indigenous peoples’ economic, social, emotional, physical and spiritual health. Doing so will help maintain the cultures and the future of Indigenous populations. The signatories urge nation-states and their governments to make special provision in health and funding policies for equitable access to prevention, testing, treatment and management of viral hepatitis in Indigenous peoples.
For the full consensus statment: Click here
NOhep is a global, grassroots movement aimed at bringing all stakeholders together to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030. It has been developed to create global awareness of the disease, similar to the red ribbon for HIV/AIDS, and was launched in 2016. NOhep firmly positions itself at the forefront of the elimination conversation, showcasing exemplary leadership, fostering on-the-ground innovative solutions and taking action to support the policy changes needed to eliminate this cancer-causing illness by 2030. Being a part of NOhep means being part of the solution. (To find out more about the development of this exciting initiative, watch this short video: https://youtu.be/Oer-rGwnKZU )