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World Gastroenterology Organisation
World Gastroenterology Organisation

For Immediate Release: 7 June 2017

World Gastroenterology Organisation Announces the Release of an Updated Global Guideline

Milwaukee, USA — June 6, 2017 — The World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) has announced the release of the newly updated “Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of Hepatitis C” Guideline with Cascades.

About This Guideline
The newly updated Hepatitis C Guideline and Cascades, chaired by Professor Muhammad Umar, Principal/Dean, Rawalpindi Medical College, Chief Allied Hospitals, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, will be of interest to all health professionals in primary and secondary care involved in the management of people with hepatitis C infection in different countries of the world. It covers all stages of the disease management pathway: screening, testing, diagnosis, referral, treatment, care, and follow-up of children and adults with, or exposed to, hepatitis C (HCV) infection. “These guidelines will help the Physician treating Chronic Hepatitis C patients particularly in resource constrained countries as well as categorizing their patients for future therapies with DAA.  During the last four years (2013-2017), an enormous amount of new evidence in the management of HCV has been published and we deemed it was time to update the guidelines,” noted Professor Umar.

The Hepatitis C Guideline was created with the global view of many Guideline Committee members and special advisors including Muhammad Umar (Chair, Pakistan), Aamir G. Khan (Co-chair, Pakistan),  Zaigham Abbas (Pakistan), Sanjeev Arora (India), Naqvi Asifabbas (UK), Andre Elewaut (Belgium), Gamal Esmat (Egypt), Graham Foster (UK), Michael Fried (Switzerland), Khean-L Goh (Malaysia), Hamama Tul Bushra Khaar (Pakistan), Tayyab Saeed Akhter (Pakistan), Michio Imawari (Japan), Vasily Isakov (Russia), Douglas LaBrecque (USA), Anton LeMair (Netherlands), Peter Malfertheiner (Germany), Steve Ryder (UK), Peter Schiedermaier (Germany), Davor Stimac (Croatia), Rakesh Tandon (India), Federico Villamil (Argentina), Rodrigo Zapata (Chile), and special advisor Peter Ferenci (Austria).  It can be accessed at

WGO currently has a library of over 20 Global Guidelines and Cascades, which are written from a viewpoint of global applicability. Each guideline goes through a rigorous process of authoring, editing, and peer review, and is as evidence based as possible. WGO is the only organization whose guidelines have adopted a global focus. The WGO guidelines are unique in that they utilize “Cascades” which provide various diagnosis and evidence-based treatment options that are scalable to available local resources and infrastructure in countries with varying resources. Each WGO guideline is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Mandarin, and Russian, and is updated as new information and evidence is discovered. The Global Guidelines Committee meets each year to discuss updating and creating new guidelines and consists of 30-plus members from around the globe.

About the World Gastroenterology Organisation
Formed in 1935 and incorporated in 1958, the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) is a federation of 112 member societies and 4 regional associations of gastroenterology representing more than 50,000 individual members worldwide, focusing on the improvement of standards in gastroenterology training and education on a global scale. The WGO Foundation, incorporated in 2007, is dedicated to raising funds to support WGO educational programs and activities. For more information, contact:


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