World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2016
25 July 2016 -- WHO urges countries to take rapid action to improve knowledge about hepatitis, and to increase access to testing and treatment services. Today, only 1 in 20 people with hepatitis know they have it. And just 1 in 100 with the disease is being treated. "The world has ignored hepatitis at its peril," said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. "It is time to mobilize a global response to hepatitis on the scale similar to that generated to fight other like HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis."
19 July 2016 -- Viral hepatitis infection is widely spread, affecting 400 million people worldwide – over 10 times the number of people infected with HIV. Globally, about 1.4 million people die each year from hepatitis. On World Hepatitis Day, celebrated on 28 July 2016, WHO calls on policy-makers, health workers and the public to "Know hepatitis - Act now".
400 millionViral hepatitis affects 400 million people globally. Every year 6–10 million people are newly infected.Fact sheet on hepatitis B
95%An estimated 95% of people with hepatitis do not know there are infected.Global health sector strategy on hepatitis
90%Over 90% of people with hepatitis C can be completely cured within 3–6 months.Fact sheet on hepatitis C
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