Preparatory meeting on WHO/Europe new action plans on HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis

4–5 April 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark

Two advisory committees will meet in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 4–5 April 2016 to guide new action plans on HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis for the WHO European Region 2016–2021.

52 experts will attend, representing ministries of health, national HIV and hepatitis programmes, civil society organizations, academia, United Nations agencies, major partner organizations, WHO headquarters, country offices and WHO collaborating centres.

Background

Over 142 000 new HIV infections were diagnosed in the WHO European Region in 2015, the highest number ever. The HIV epidemic is driven by cases in the eastern part of the Region, where the number of new diagnoses has more than doubled during the past decade.

Over 13 million people in the Region are living with chronic hepatitis B infection and over 15 million with chronic hepatitis C infection. Two-thirds of those infected are in eastern Europe and central Asia. Hepatitis B and C infections lead to 400 deaths in the Region every day.