Burden and prevention of viral hepatitis in the Arctic region, Copenhagen, Denmark, 22 23 March 2012

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Objectives The Viral Hepatitis Prevention Board (VHPB), in col-laboration with the WHO Regional Office for Europe, organized a meeting in Copenhagen in March 2012 on the burden and prevention of viral hepatitis in the Arctic regions, with the following aims: to provide an overview of surveillance systems for infectious diseases, to review the epidemiological situation and explain the high pre-valence of viral hepatitis, to give an overview of the current prevention and control measures for viral hepa-titis, to discuss the progress achieved in prevention, to review the possible implementation of new prevention strategies, control measures and monitoring systems, and to discuss the successes, issues and barriers to overcome, and the way forward. The focus of the discussions was the indigenous populations of the Arctic and subarctic regions. This report summarizes the background context, the health systems, surveillance and epidemiology of viral hepatitis in the region, the lessons learnt and matters for consideration, as well as possible future activities. Background context

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FitzSimons, D., McMahon, B., Hendrickx, G., Vorsters, A., & Van Damme, P. (2013). Burden and prevention of viral hepatitis in the Arctic region, Copenhagen, Denmark, 22 23 March 2012. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 72(1). https://doi.org/10.3402/ijch.v72i0.21163

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