In 2016 WHO’s first Global Health Sector Strategy on viral hepatitis set the goal of achieving its
elimination by 2030. However, viral hepatitis remains a leading cause of death worldwide. To
achieve hepatitis elimination within the next decade all actors, from national governments and civil
society organisations to academic institutions and the private sector need to renew and expand their
EILF has been playing its part by developing and promoting a new approach to support the
elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat. The approach is called “micro-elimination”. As
the 10-year countdown to 2030 commences we highlight 3 key publications on micro-elimination
from our Board members, which remain critical to our efforts over the next decade.
Hepatitis elimination is a long and challenging process requiring multiple complementary
approaches. Micro-elimination is one such approach. This article explains what micro-elimination is,
why it is an important tool in the fight to elimination hepatitis C and provides operational guidance.
This seminal editorial, authored by four EASL International Liver Foundation board members,
launched the micro-elimination approach. It explores the strategic role of the micro-elimination of
HCV and why the bottom-up application of global and local expertise is critical to the success of
these programmes, noting how micro-elimination campaigns can be key for building momentum for
Finding the missing millions and ensuring all those in need have access to quality, safe and
affordable care is critical to achieving hepatitis elimination. In this article, the authors, including our
Chairman and Vice-chair, consider the need for people-centred approaches to achieving viral
hepatitis elimination and reflect on the important concepts of equity, social justice and health for all
as the foundations upon which viral hepatitis elimination will be achieved.