Every year the World Hepatitis Day aims at raising awareness of hepatitis B and hepatitis C with a view to preventing new infections and to delivering real improvements in the detection and treatment of this disease. Whilst such global days are important, they are not a replacement for sustainable policy initiatives in the field. On 19 May, ELPA and EASL, together with Dr. Thomas Ulmer MEP, Mr. Alojz Peterle MEP and high-level speakers from WHO Europe and the US Institute of Medicine organized a policy lunch debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg to assess what needs to be done by the EU. ELPA also conducted free liver tests for MEPs and their staff.
The newsletter of the event, which summarizes the main findings of the discussion, as well as a short description of the liver enzyme testing that was conducted, can be found here.