Eliminating Hepatitis

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World Hepatitis Day on the 28th July aimed to add momentum to the WHO’s first global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis for 2016-21. Its goal is elimination of hepatitis by 2030. See also the World Health Summit on Hepatitis.

According to the WHO:

1.Viral hepatitis is a major global health problem and needs an urgent response

2.Very few of those infected accessed testing and treatment, especially in low and middle-income countries

3.Viral hepatitis caused 1.34 million deaths in 2015 – comparable with TB deaths and exceeding deaths from HIV. Hepatitis deaths are increasing

4. New hepatitis infections continue to occur, mostly hepatitis C

5. Achieving the 2030 elimination goal is not overly ambitious; reports from 28 high-burden countries give cause for optimism



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