Regional Symposium on Viral Hepatitis: access to treatment
About 400 million people worldwide are chronically infected with Hepatitis B or C virus. South East Asia is disproportionately affected by these infections. In our region, access to prevention, diagnostic and treatment of hepatitis B and C are still very difficult. The lack of information and training of health personnel is also a major obstacle to treatment.
The Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences, Chiang Mai University and Institut de Recherche pour le Développement: PHPT Research Unit UMI 174, and the Centre d’Infectiologie Christophe Mérieux, Ministry of Public Health, Lao PDR are organizing a regional symposium on viral hepatitis in Vientiane, from October 7 to 9, with the financial support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through regional co-operation funding.
This symposium represents a unique opportunity to improve skills and awareness about viral hepatitis and increased understanding of the unique challenges posed by viral hepatitis. Together with specialists from Lao PDR, regional experts will provide a platform for brainstorming and exchange of ideas on actions for a better management of viral hepatitis in the region. The recent WHO guidelines will be discussed as well as the near availability of generic forms of new all-oral drugs for the treatment of hepatitis C.