September 14-16, 2014
WIPCVH Alice Springs, NT, Australia
The inaugural World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Viral Hepatitis was held back‐to‐back with the 9th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference in September 2014.
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 program reflected the breadth of work underway in this area, spanning human rights, development, community engagement, basic science research, clinical service provision, healthcare delivery and public health and prevention. The involvement of Indigenous peoples in all aspects of the project was key to its success.
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.
August 8-9, 2017
WIPCVH Anchorage, Alaska, USA
The vision of the second WIPCVH was to bring together members of the Indigenous populations of the world to discuss, deliberate and plan, with respect to viral hepatitis. By bringing together Indigenous peoples, those living with viral hepatitis, clinicians, researchers and policy-makers, the conference aimed to encourage conversations and network-building so that experience and expertise can be shared and disseminated.
This second meeting had five major aims:
- To facilitate an international network of researchers, policy-makers, clinicians and people living with viral hepatitis to convene, deliberate, profile and negotiate consensus on approaches concerning viral hepatitis in Indigenous peoples;
- To continue to discuss and document our knowledge of the prevalence of hepatitis viruses in Indigenous peoples across the globe and to profile and summarize current national activities;
- To review our consensus statement on viral hepatitis and Indigenous peoples to assist nations, states, clinicians, researchers, scientists, people living with hepatitis, and Indigenous communities, to address viral hepatitis;
- To establish an on-going International Forum with contributions from Indigenous peoples across the globe; and
- To develop an on-going agenda for 2015-2025 for future conferences, workshops and symposia.
The program reflected these aims and a number of conference themes were agreed by the Organizing Committee. The conference focused on Hepatitis B (HBV) – including Hepatitis D co-infection – and Hepatitis C (HCV) across a broad agenda from clinical medicine and research, health services and public health, through to self-determination and human rights. Specifically, we invited papers from Indigenous peoples – and those researching with Indigenous peoples – which focused on: prevalence and incidence; prevention; treatment; cultural care and Indigenous approaches; national strategies; stigma and discrimination; human rights; quality care; medicines and pharmaceuticals; models of care in Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C; and co-infection.
The involvement of a wide range Indigenous peoples was considered a priority for the conference, and so plans were made to support Indigenous presenters and delegates from across the globe through the provision of travel, accommodation and registration scholarships. The conference brought together delegates from 14 countries representing a wide range of organizations, health providers and universities.