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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Hepatitis in the Western Pacific
The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands – a stretch of 14 islands in the northwest Pacific – may be small, but it is scoring big goals in health. This island chain in political union with the United States of America has just been confirmed by the World Health Organization as having reduced hepatitis B infection among children to less than 1%.
Hepatitis in the Americas
In the Americas, an estimated 2.8 million people have chronic hepatitis B infection and an estimated 7.2 million have chronic hepatitis C infection. Of the latter, three out of every four people do not know that they are infected by the virus. It is estimated that hepatitis B and C cause around 125,000 deaths each year––more deaths than are caused by tuberculosis and HIV infection combined.
325 millionEstimated 325 million people were living with chronic hepatitis infections (HBV or HCV) worldwide in 2015.For more: fact sheet on hepatitis B
1.34 millionGlobally, 1.34 million people died of viral hepatitis in 2015.For more: global strategy on viral hepatitis
>95% Over 95% of people with hepatitis C can be completely cured within 2-3 months.For more: fact sheet on hepatitis C
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São Paulo Declaration on Viral Hepatitis
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Close to 3 million people access hepatitis C cure
Sasakawa Health Prize 2017
United Arab Emirates Health Foundation Prize 2017