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We can. I can. Stop hepatitis – stop liver cancer

4 February 2018 – On World Cancer Day 2018, we note that viral hepatitis B and C infections are key causes of primary liver cancer – the second most common cancer in the world. WHO estimates that 788 000 people die from primary liver cancer every year. More than half of these deaths (60%) are caused by the long-term consequences of chronic hepatitis B and C infections. WHO is working with countries to eliminate both viral hepatitis epidemics by 2030.

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World Hepatitis Summit 2017

São Paulo Declaration on Viral Hepatitis

3 November 2017 - The World Hepatitis Summit 2017 closed on a hopeful note with the launch of the São Paulo Declaration on Viral Hepatitis, which was negotiated by government representatives. The Declaration committed to taking a broad and coordinated approach to support implementation of the core interventions outlined in WHO’s Global Hepatitis Strategy.

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Close to 3 million people access cure of hepatitis C

31 October 2017 | São Paulo, Brazil -- On the eve of the World Hepatitis Summit in Brazil, WHO reports increasing global momentum and progress in the response to viral hepatitis, with a record number of people accessing hepatitis B treatment and hepatitis C cure in 2016. The Summit aims to encourage more countries to take decisive action to tackle hepatitis, which still causes more than 1.3 million deaths every year and affects more than 325 million people.

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Hepatitis in South-East Asia

WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia has developed a regional action plan for Hepatitis 2016-21 that calls for specific actions by member states and WHO so as to meet defined targets and indicators for monitoring these targets. WHO has also appointed Mr Amitabh Bachchan as Goodwill Ambassador for Hepatitis for SE Asia region.

Hepatitis in the WHO European Region

Hepatitis in Europe

In the WHO European Region an estimated 15 million people live with chronic hepatitis B, and an estimated 14 million people are infected with hepatitis C. Because the disease is often asymptomatic and left untreated, chronic hepatitis is a major cause of liver cirrhosis and primary liver cancer. People who inject drugs are particularly vulnerable to hepatitis and co-infection with both hepatitis and HIV is common.

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Campaign poster on hepatitis C in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Hepatitis in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Every year in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, around 400 000 people are newly infected with hepatitis C virus. Over two thirds of those people will develop chronic hepatitis C, which is one of the main causes of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Around 16 million people currently have chronic hepatitis C in the Region.

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Gambia commemorates World Hepatitis Day 2017

Hepatitis in Africa

By 2030, the African Region wants to eliminate viral hepatitis as a major public health threat. With the launch of the document Prevention, Care and Treatment of viral hepatitis in the African Region: Framework for action 2016–2020, WHO provides guidance to Member States in the Region on how to implement the first-ever Global Health Sector Strategy on viral hepatitis.

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Global burden

325 millionEstimated 325 million people were living with chronic hepatitis infections (HBV or HCV) worldwide in 2015.

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Silent killer

1.34 millionGlobally, 1.34 million people died of viral hepatitis in 2015.

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Effective treatment

>95% Over 95% of people with hepatitis C can be completely cured within 2-3 months.

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World Hepatitis Day 2017

World Hepatitis Summit

World Hepatitis Summit 2017

Date: 1-3 November 2017 Place: São Paulo, Brazil

Global strategy

Global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis 2016-2021

Global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis 2016-2021


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