EASL, along with over 1700 other participants, met in Glasgow from September 2-4 2015 for the first Global Summit on Hepatitis.
Hosted by the Scottish Government and organized by WHO and the World Hepatitis Alliance, participants included ministers of health, government agencies, academics, patients and advocates from around the world. In packed sessions over three days delegates discussed the burden of disease, public health research priorities, the forthcoming WHO Global Hepatitis Strategy and how to pay for the new treatments for HCV. On Thursday morning, patient advocates, healthcare professionals and health ministers carried out a simulation exercise to draft a national hepatitis action plan.
The closing session saw the launch of the Glasgow Declaration, which calls on governments to set ambitious targets to eliminate hepatitis. The second global summit will be held in 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.