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World Hepatitis Summit harnesses global momentum to eliminate viral hepatitis.


World Health Organization

Type: News
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland

Glasgow¦ 2 September 2015 - Participants at the first-ever World Hepatitis Summit will urge countries to develop national programmes that can ultimately eliminate viral hepatitis as a problem of public health concern. â?oWe know how to prevent viral hepatitis, we have a safe and effective vaccine for hepatitis B, and we now have medicines that can cure people with hepatitis C and control hepatitis B infection,â? said Dr Gottfried Hirnschall, Director of the WHOâ?Ts Global Hepatitis Programme. â?oYet access to diagnosis and treatment is still lacking or inaccessible in many parts of the world. This summit is a wake-up call to build momentum to prevent, diagnose, treat - and eventually eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health problem.â? Around 400 million people are currently living with viral hepatitis, and the disease claims an estimated 1.45 million lives each year, making it one of the worldâ?Ts leading causes of death. Hepatitis B and C together cause approximately 80% of all liver cancer deaths, yet most people living with chronic viral hepatitis are unaware of their infection.... Putting in place a well-funded and comprehensive response is a challenge for many governments who have a high burden of hepatitis-related diseases. In sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia between 5-10% of the population is chronically infected with hepatitis B. High rates of chronic infections are also found in the Amazon and the southern parts of eastern and central Europe. Hepatitis C is found worldwide. Infection rates are high in Africa and Central and East Asia, and approximately two-thirds of people who inject drugs are infected with hepatitis C.



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World Health Organization. (2015) World Hepatitis Summit harnesses global momentum to eliminate viral hepatitis. [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 13th November 2019].


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