World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2017
27 July 2017 – New data from 28 countries - representing approximately 70% of the global hepatitis burden - indicate that efforts to eliminate hepatitis are gaining momentum. Published to coincide with World Hepatitis Day, the data reveal that nearly all 28 countries have established high-level national hepatitis elimination committees (with plans and targets in place) and more than half have allocated dedicated funding for hepatitis responses.
5 July 2017 -- The World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, is an opportunity to add momentum to all efforts to implement the WHO's global health sector strategy on hepatitis for 2016-2021 and help countries achieve the final goal - to eliminate hepatitis. The World Hepatitis Day activities are designed to: showcase emerging national responses to hepatitis in heavy burden countries; to encourage actions and engagement by individuals, partners and the public.
May 2017 -- During the World Health Assembly 2017, two prizes, established in the name of eminent health professionals, were presented for lifelong contributions to the fight against hepatitis. The 2017 Sasakawa Health Prize went to Dr Rinchin Arslan from Mongolia , and the United Arab Emirates Health Foundation Prize went to Professor Lô Boubou Baïdy, of Mauritania.
Europe: Making hepatitis elimination a reality
27 July 2017 -- The world is poised to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. This will mean achieving a 90% reduction in new infections and a 65% reduction in deaths in the period leading up to 2030. Countries across the WHO European Region, from Georgia to the United Kingdom, are taking steps to bring closer the reality of achieving the elimination of viral hepatitis.
27 July 2017 -- On World Hepatitis Day, WHO is calling on countries to step up efforts to eliminate hepatitis by 2030. With one of the world’s highest rates of hepatitis C, Pakistan is tackling this serious health issue from many angles to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Americas: From evidence to action
28 July 2017 -- Hepatitis can be fully prevented and treated: there are effective vaccines and treatments for hepatitis B, and new hepatitis C treatment can cure in more than 95% of cases. Our vision of eliminating hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030 can be achieved with greater access to prevention and treatment for those affected.
325 million325 million people were living with chronic hepatitis infections worldwide in 2015.Fact sheet on hepatitis B
1.34 million1.34 million people died of hepatitis in 2015 globally.Global strategy on hepatitis 2016-2021
95% 95% of people with hepatitis C can be completely cured within 2-3 months.Fact sheet on hepatitis C