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