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Hepatitis B and C result 1.1 million deaths per year

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2021 07 29

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According to WHO, together hepatitis B and C result 3 million new infections and 1.1 million deaths per year. WHO is calling on all countries to work together to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030.

To achieve this elimination national leaders and policy makers need to take immediate actions, community organizations - to pay more attention to improving the situation and people need to keep testing, continue treatment, take vaccination if they have the opportunity, also discrimination of people affected by hepatitis must be avoided.

World Hepatitis Day is observed each year on 28 July to raise awareness of viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver that causes severe liver disease and hepatocellular cancer. To mark the day, WHO is hosting a Global talk show “Hepatitis can’t wait”providing a platform for global, regional and national leaders, policy makers, communities and other stakeholders to discuss. For more information about the event please press here.

Viral hepatitis is an infection that causes liver inflammation and damage. It is highly prevalent among people who inject drugs in Europe. To mark World Hepatitis Day on 28 July, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) is publishing a manual “Increasing access to hepatitis C testing and care for people who inject drugs”. This document has been produced as part of a wider initiative that the EMCDDA is undertaking to support countries in the prevention and control of infectious diseases among people who inject drugs. It focuses on hepatitis C virus infection testing in harm reduction and drug treatment settings.