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Sign the Declaration Calling for Drug Decriminalization to Achieve Hepatitis Elimination

 

At the World Hepatitis Summit in São Paulo, Brazil, held November 1-3, 2017, a large coalition of hepatitis patients, representatives of the drug using community, medical providers, researchers, and public health experts expressed their whole-hearted support to the commitment of the World Health Organization (WHO)’s goal to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030; and declared that this goal will only be achieved if people who use drugs have access to effective, affordable prevention and treatment programs.

People who inject drugs are particularly exposed to the hepatitis C virus, with one-fourth of new infections attributed to the sharing of unsterile injecting equipment. Yet their access to prevention, testing, treatment, and harm reduction services remains far behind the WHO targets, jeopardizing the goal of eliminating viral hepatitis by 2030.

The viral hepatitis community calls on world leaders to urgently increase access to harm reduction interventions and to reform criminalizing drug policies that hinder people’s access to health services. Ending the war on drugs and drug users is imperative if we are to eliminate viral hepatitis once and for all.

We call on organizations and individuals to support and sign on to the Declaration through the online form. We're accepting signatories until February 28, 2018.

Please read the full declaration: