Fast Facts

Viral Hepatitis

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Viral hepatitis kills more than 1.34 million people per year globally, a death toll comparable to HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
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Viral hepatitis has been cited as the 7th highest cause of mortality in the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study using most recent data available (2013)
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Globally 78% of all liver cancer cases are caused by chronic hepatitis.
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Hepatitis-related liver cancer and cirrhosis caused by chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C together account for 96% of hepatitis-related deaths.
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Asia is the region that experiences the majority of the global disease burden caused by chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C, with 63% of viral hepatitis-related disease globally occurring in the Asia Pacific.

Hepatitis B

More infectious than HIV

The hepatitis B virus is 50 to 100 times more infectious than HIV.

Vaccination prevents hepatitis B
Major cause of cirrhosis and liver cancer
Hepatitis B treatment reduces liver cancer

Hepatitis C

Curable by antiviral treatment

While there is no vaccine for hepatitis C it is now curable in over 95% of cases by new direct acting antivirals (DAAs).

May be transmitted through unsafe injection practices
Chronic Infection may lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer
Major cause of liver transplant worldwide

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The Coalition to Eradicate Viral Hepatitis in Asia Pacific (CEVHAP), established in October 2010, is a multidisciplinary body advocating public policy reforms aimed at reducing the burden of viral hepatitis in Asia-Pacific.

WHA Member

CEVHAP is proud to be a member of the World Hepatitis Alliance since September 2019.

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