WHO Global Hepatitis Report reveals goal to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published the first-ever Global Hepatitis Report. The World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA) welcomes the publication, which is a follow-up to WHO’s Global Strategy on Viral Hepatitis, and has set the goal to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030.
A major public health challenge, viral hepatitis requires an urgent response. The Global Hepatitis Report has concluded for the first time that:
  • 1.34 million people worldwide die every year due to viral hepatitis; the number is comparable with deaths caused by tuberculosis, HIV, and malaria annually.
  • 325 million people are affected by viral hepatitis, which constitutes approximately 4.4% of the world population.
  • 9% of the population has Hepatitis B, while 20% having hepatitis C are tested and are aware of the status of their disease.
  • The major cause for the majority of the 1.75 million new hepatitis C infections are due to the use of healthcare procedures and injectable drugs that are unsafe.
Source : www.news-medical.net      2017/5/3 09:19

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