World Hepatitis Day

Hepatitis refers to an inflammatory condition of the liver. It’s commonly caused by a viral infection, but there are other possible causes of hepatitis. These include autoimmune hepatitis and hepatitis that occurs as a secondary result of medications, drugs, toxins, and alcohol.

 

World Hepatitis Day
Worldwide, 300 million people are living with
viral hepatitis unaware. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care, millions will continue to suffer, and lives will be lost.

On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, we call on people from across the world to take action, raise awareness and join in the quest to find the “missing millions”.

Viral hepatitis is one of the biggest global health threats of our time

  • 1.34 million deaths a year.
  • Causes two in every three liver cancer deaths.
  • 300 million people living with viral hepatitis unaware.

But together we can eliminate viral hepatitis.  Global elimination strategy adopted in 2016.  A cure for hepatitis C and treatment and vaccine for hepatitis B exists
Viral hepatitis included in Sustainable Development Goals.

 

42 million children don’t know they are living with viral hepatitis.    
55 million people across the world don’t know they are living with hepatitis C.    
100 million women across the world don’t know they are living with hepatitis B.    
300 million people living with viral hepatitis don’t know it.    
9 in 10 men living with viral hepatitis don’t  know it    
9 in 10 men living with hepatitis B don’t now  it    
9 in 10 women living with viral hepatitis don’t  know it    
4 out of 5 women living with hepatitis C don’t know it.    
AGE GROUP      
Age 30’s your more likely to be unknowingly living with hepatitis B compared to any other age group.
Age 45 to 60s you’re more likely to be unknowingly living with hepatitis C than any other age group.
       
South-East Asia,      
97% men and women living with viral hepatitis don’t know it.    
In Africa,      
Teenagers more likely to be unknowingly living with hepatitis B compared to any other age group.

 

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