The NVHCP was established in 2011 in response to resolution number, WHA 126.R16 adopted at the 63rd World Health Assembly resolution. This resolution mandates countries to establish a National Viral Hepatitis Control Programme (NVHCP) for a comprehensive approach to the prevention and control of viral hepatitis. It also mandates the celebration of a ‘World Hepatitis Day’ on the 28th July of each year.
The NVHCP is responsible for:
- Coordinating the implementation of an enhanced surveillance, prevention and control of viral hepatitis in Ghana
- Designing and implementing intervention to reduce viral hepatitis morbidity and mortality to the barest minimum
- Conducting relevant research to support the treatment and control of the disease.
- Providing treatment and support for those infected with viral hepatitis
- Providing direction and guidance for all stakeholders to play their respective roles in the establishment and implementation of an effective surveillance for prevention and control of viral hepatitis.
The Programme has developed a national policy on viral hepatitis (2014) and National Guidelines for Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (March 2017) which was launched in 2019. It has enjoyed the collaboration and kind support of the WHO Country Office, the Hepatitis Society of Ghana, the Ghana Association for the Study of Liver and Digestive Diseases (GASLIDD), NGOs in hepatitis, the administration of the Public Health Division and the Office of the Director General and Ministry of Health.
The Programme is open to other technical and financing partners to develop and implement an elimination plan for Ghana.
Currently the Programme is staffed by a Medical epidemiologist , who is the Programme Manager and a Data Manager.
The Programme can be reached by email Nvhcp@ghs.gov.gh