The World Health Organisation (WHO) in collaboration with the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA) are raising awareness of hepatitis through World Hepatitis Day. The key theme this year is:
During 2015 approximately 325 million people were living with chronic hepatitis (275 million with hepatitis B and 71 million with hepatitis C); 1.3 million people died from the infection.
Globally 11 countries carry 50% of the burden of disease: Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uganda and Vietnam.
An additional 17 countries have a high prevalence: Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Kyrgystan, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe.
Key messages on Eliminate Hepatitis for policy makers:
- Viral hepatitis is a major global health problem and needs an urgent response
- Very few of those infected accessed testing or treatment especially those in low to middle income countries
- Viral hepatitis caused 1.3 million deaths during 2015
- New hepatitis infections continue to occur, mostly hepatitis C
- The goal of elimination by 2030 is achievable
- A key action to eliminate hepatitis is to prevent spread in healthcare
- Another key action is to implement harm reduction services for those who use and inject drugs.
Key messages to patients to Eliminate Hepatitis:
- Eliminate hepatitis. Prevent hepatitis.
- Eliminate hepatitis. Get tested.
- Eliminate hepatitis. Make injecting safe.
- Eliminate hepatitis. Demand treatment.
Find out more about hepatitis, World Hepatitis Day, the Eliminate Hepatitis campaign and World Hepatitis Alliance ‘Show your face’ campaign using the following links: