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16 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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World Hepatitis Day

WHO
World Hepatitis Day

Test. Treat. Hepatitis

World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, is an opportunity to step up national and international efforts on hepatitis, encourage actions and engagement by individuals, partners and the public and highlight the need for a greater global response as outlined in the WHO's Global hepatitis report of 2017.

The date of 28 July was chosen because it is the birthday of Nobel-prize winning scientist Dr Baruch Blumberg, who discovered hepatitis B virus (HBV) and developed a diagnostic test and vaccine for the virus.

Low coverage of testing and treatment is the most important gap to be addressed in order to achieve the global elimination goals by 2030.

Viral hepatitis B and C are major health challenges, affecting 325 million people globally.  They are root causes of liver cancer, leading to 1.34 million deaths every year.

Hepatitis B and C are chronic infections that may not show symptoms for a long period, sometimes years or decades. At least 60% of liver cancer cases are due to late testing and treatment of viral hepatitis B and C. Low coverage of testing and treatment is the most important gap to be addressed in order to achieve the global elimination goals by 2030.

WHO will focus on the theme: "Test. Treat. Hepatitis" for World Hepatitis Day 2018 events. WHO events and activities can aim to achieve the following objectives globally, in regions and in countries:

To support scale-up of hepatitis prevention, testing, treatment and care services, with specific focus on promoting WHO testing and treatment recommendations;

To showcase best practices and promote universal health coverage of hepatitis services; and

To improve partnerships and funding in the fight against viral hepatitis

WHO and the Government of Mongolia will hold a series of events in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to commemorate the World Hepatitis Day 2018.

The events will engage high-level leaders, advocates and patient representatives from global, regional and national organizations, highlighting the innovative solutions and partnerships needed in scaling up hepatitis testing and treatment services, as well as celebrating the country’s championing experience in the global hepatitis response.  

Timely testing and treatment of viral hepatitis B and C can save lives.

10 things to know about viral hepatitis

1. Viral hepatitis B and C are major health challenges

2. Viral hepatitis B and C are root causes of liver cancer

3. Timely testing and treatment of viral

4. Viral hepatitis causes debilitating diseases and also places a huge economic burden on families hepatitis

5. Viral hepatitis has become a major killer due to a lack of global attentionB and C can save lives

6. Over the past 15 years, more and more people have been dying of viral hepatitis

7. At the same time, people are becoming newly infected with hepatitis

8. Hepatitis attacks the most vulnerable

9. Hepatitis can be prevented, diagnosed, treated and even cured

10. You can help eliminate hepatitis.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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