The Conference on Hepatitis B and C in Mediterranean and Balkan Countries was held on 5th-7th December, 2012 in Nicosia, Cyprus under the auspices of the Cyprus EU Presidency.
Addressing the urgent need to prevent, diagnose and treat viral hepatitis B and C in Mediterranean and Balkan countries where the burden of these diseases is significant, the Conference presented both new and existing data and permitted targeted discussion with the specific objective of promoting common strategies on their prevention and management.
The event gathered together the major stakeholders in the field including the World Health Organisation, the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC), the US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the European Centre for Monitoring Drugs and Drug Addictions (EMCDDA) and the World Hepatitis Alliance together with representatives from the participating countries including regulators and leading figures from national medical and civil society communities.
Participating countries were: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, FYROM, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, UK and US.
The Conference agenda and speakers’ presentations can be consulted on Speakers and Presentations.
Follow-up activities to the Conference at national and international levels will be advised on the website of the Hepatitis B and C Public Policy Association www.hepbcppa.org later in 2013.