World Indigenous Peoples Conference

World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Viral Hepatitis

Improving access to care for Indigenous peoples across the globe

The World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Viral Hepatitis provides a platform to profile and further the conversation on viral hepatitis in Indigenous communities. The event convenes Indigenous Peoples, clinicians, researchers, people living with viral hepatitis and civil society organisations. 

World Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Viral Hepatitis 2017

On 8 – 9 August the World Hepatitis Alliance and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium hosted the second World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Viral Hepatitis in Anchorage, Alaska. Coinciding with the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the event brought together over 150 delegates from 14 countries and provided a platform to profile and further the conversation on viral hepatitis in Indigenous communities. A key outcome of this meeting was the Anchorage consensus statement which built on the consensus statement drafted at the inaugural meeting in Alice Springs in 2014. The updated consensus statement addresses the need to maintain the momentum the conference created and calls for the formation of a working group to drive international action for the elimination of viral hepatitis in Indigenous People.

World Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Viral Hepatitis 2014

The inaugural World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Viral Hepatitis was held 14 – 16 September 2014 in Alice Springs, Australia. The conference was the first of its kind dedicated to examining the health burden of viral hepatitis in Indigenous peoples. It provided a forum to share common experiences and innovative solutions and to develop new relationships to enable collective responses into the future. The outcome of the conference was the adoption of the Awernekenhe consensus statement which aims to promote greater visibility, action, knowledge and accountability by nation-states in recognising viral hepatitis as a major chronic disease in Indigenous peoples, within an Indigenous and human rights framework.

Watch this short video of Raquel Peck, CEO of the World Hepatitis Alliance, to learn more about viral hepatitis in Indigenous communities and why we think this conference is so important in tackling what has historically been a neglected issue.