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  • WHO encourages countries to act now to reduce deaths from viral hepatitis
    20 July 2016 -- Ahead of World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, WHO urges countries to take rapid action to improve knowledge about the disease, and to increase access to testing and treatment services. Today, only 1 in 20 people with viral hepatitis know they have it. And just 1 in 100 with the disease is being treated.
  • Countries start to act on noncommunicable diseases but need to speed up efforts to meet global commitments
    18 July 2016 – A new WHO report highlights the need to intensify national action to meet global targets on noncommunicable diseases such as heart disease, cancers, diabetes, and lung diseases, which collectively represent the largest cause of death in people aged under 70 years. A number of countries have put in place measures to prevent tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity, but progress is insufficient and uneven.
  • WHO flags key challenges to global HIV response at International AIDS Conference
    15 July 2016 – Four key challenges have been flagged by WHO as the international community meets at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, from 18–22 July. These challenges include the need to renew attention to HIV prevention while maintaining momentum on scaling up access to HIV treatment, the growing emergence of antiretroviral (ARV) drug resistance, and the need for sustainable financing of the global response.

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What is hepatitis?

Hepatitis B and C infections are transmitted through contaminated blood and contaminated needles. Find out more about hepatitis, download World Hepatitis Day (28 July) campaign materials.



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Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO speaking at the plenary session of the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly.
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  • Closing remarks at the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly
    28 May 2016 -- In her closing remarks, Dr Margaret Chan highlighted some main achievements of the Health Assembly, including approval of the new programme for health emergencies. She described the item on polio eradicatoin as a high point, noting that one of the greatest achievements in the history of public health is now within our grasp.

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