Assessment of viral hepatitis response in Ukraine
The first ever Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis, adopted in May 2016 by the World Health Assembly, calls for elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. In line with this strategy, the European “Action plan for the health sector response to viral hepatitis”, adopted in the same year, identifies priority actions to achieve this goal in the WHO European Region.
In response to this call for action, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine requested that WHO review the current hepatitis control system in the country, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and strategic information, and provide recommendations for strengthening the national response to viral hepatitis.
Following a thorough desk review of available documents and analysis of statistical data, WHO and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Viral Hepatitis, conducted a field mission to Ukraine on 6–9 June 2017.
The joint WHO/CDC team met with major stakeholders and visited nongovernmental organizations, hospitals and other institutions with a range of responsibilities related to hepatitis control, including hepatitis B immunization, surveillance and medical statistics, medicine procurement and clinical care. The team shared its preliminary findings and recommendations with national counterparts at the National Center for Public Health of the Ministry of Health.
The assessment was a highly collaborative process between Ukraine representatives and the assessment team, and a detailed mission report to be submitted to the Ministry will be used for developing a national action plan aligned with the European action plan.