Adoption and execution of National Programme for prevention and treatment of viral hepatitis in Bulgaria – ELPA – European Liver Patients Association


2015-03-05 20:25

Politicians, professionals and patients shared the need for the establishment and implementation of projects for national programs to fight the virus hepatitis B BULGARIA 

Today, March 5, 2015, at the initiative of the Health Care Committee at the 43rd National Assembly, Bulgarian Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the National Association for Fight against Hepatitis “Hepasist” held a round table on “Hepatitis: Hidden Epidemic or solve a problem? “- European context and significance of the introduction of a national program for prevention and control of viral hepatitis in Bulgaria.


The event was held under the patronage of Dr. Daniela Daritkova-Prodanova, chairman of the Committee on Health, and among the special guests were Mr. Christian fuse – representative of Romania in the European Parliament (EP) and Chairman of the “Friends of the liver” EP and Mr. Andrey Kovachev – MEP and co-chair of the “Group of MEPs, who will work on the problems of European patients access to quality medical care.” They presented the European policy towards the fight against the insidious disease and providing access to quality medical care to European citizens.

 On behalf of the Ministry of Health attended Dr. Adam Persenski, Deputy Minister of Health, and Dr. Angel Kunchev, chief health inspector of the Republic of Bulgaria. Among the participants were representatives of the National Council on prices and reimbursement of medicinal products, the National Health Insurance Fund, National Center of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, specialists and gastroenterologists infectionists, representatives of patient and professional organizations, the pharmaceutical industry and the mediaWithin the framework of the round table discussed the development of the draft National Programme for prevention, screening, early diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis in Bulgaria, participants agreed on the adoption and implementation of the program.The event was presented the draft national registry of patients on treatment of viral hepatitis in the country, which will allow for better tracking and timely treatment of patients.

The round table was raised the issue of the need to ensure rapid access to innovative therapies for the treatment of viral hepatitis, according to established treatment guidelines in the European Union.


  • Adoption, implementation and execution of the project for the National Programme for prevention, screening, early diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis in Bulgaria.
  • Provide the necessary resources for the implementation of the planned program activities, as well as providing advanced therapies for patients suffering from viral hepatitis.
  • Establish effective mechanisms for monitoring the implementation of the objectives of the National program of the legislature and the executive and patient organizations.
  • Take additional measures to limit the spread of the disease in Bulgaria and its consequences, such as the improvement of the immunization calendar of the Republic of Bulgaria; introduction of screening tests available for both medical professionals and for certain risk groups; developing programs to raise public awareness about liver diseases.
  • Taking into account the long-term benefits for health and social systems to provide quick access to the most advanced therapies for the treatment of viral hepatitis in accordance with national regulations.