Bulgaria Launches Development of National Hepatitis Plan

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Bulgaria Launches Development of National Hepatitis Plan PR Newswire SOFIA, Bulgaria, July 3, 2012 SOFIA, Bulgaria, July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bulgarian Health Minister together with the European Liver Patient Association (ELPA) will

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Bulgaria Launches Development of National
Hepatitis Plan
PR Newswire
SOFIA, Bulgaria, July 3, 2012
SOFIA, Bulgaria
,
July 3, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
The Bulgarian Health Minister together with the European Liver Patient
Association (ELPA) will initiate on 5 July the development of a National Hepatitis
Plan in the context of a roundtable discussion with international experts on viral
hepatitis in the Bulgarian Parliament.
This roundtable marks the beginning of a series of actions to raise the visibility
of viral Hepatitis worldwide with the main milestone of World Hepatitis Day
taking place every 28
th
July.
Bulgarian Health Minister, Desislava Atanasova, says on the National Bulgarian
Hepatitis Plan: "Despite being one of the poorest countries in the EU,
Bulgaria
will take on the challenge to develop and implement a National Hepatitis Plan".
The only other two regions in
Europe
that have developed and implemented a
national hepatitis plan in
Europe
are
Scotland
and
France
.
Ms Atanasova outlined some of the elements the national plan will develop,
among these, and "prevention and education for citizens and improving the
access to screening and to treatment will receive greater attention".
ELPA's President Tatjana Reic, highlights the difficulties to diagnose viral
hepatitis as this disease can be present for a long period asymptomatically: "It
is difficult to have a fix picture of patients suffering from hepatitis in
Bulgaria
.
The last official research dates back 15 years ago and ELPA estimates that
there are over 500,000 people in
Bulgaria
affected by Hepatitis B and C."
The second part of the roundtable is dedicated to an exchange of best practice
in Member States. Ms Reic explains: "the aim is to decrease the number of new
infections and to improve the quality of life of patients suffering from Hepatitis
B or C on a national level."
The roundtable will bring together experts from different organisations
including the European Commission, ECDC, WHO the EASL, ELPA , experts
from
France
and
Scotland
, EPF or WHA among others.
In support of this initiative, ELPA has commissioned Health Consumer
Powerhouse (HCP) to develop a Euro Hepatitis Index ranking EU Member States
(plus
Norway
,
Croatia
and
Switzerland
) according to their performance in
Hepatitis B and C care. The index will be a powerful tool for improving the
treatment of viral hepatitis related diseases and is expected to be launched in
October 2012
in
Brussels
.
W: http://www.elpa-info.org