Hepatitis

Hepatitis refers to liver inflammation that is often caused by viral infection. There are five different types of Hepatitis virus (A, B, C, D & E) but only B, C and D can become chronic, leading to long-term damage to the liver. Chronic hepatitis is also the leading cause of liver cancer.

Prevalence

  • Chronic hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV) together affect more than 500 million people globally (one in 12 people), killing approximately one million people every year.
  • Asia Pacific carries the major part of the global burden of viral hepatitis; China and India together have an estimated 123 million people chronically infected with HBV and 59 million people chronically infected
    with HCV, accounting for almost 50 percent of all infections worldwide
  • The number of people chronically infected with and annually killed by viral hepatitis is on the same scale as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria; despite having similar impact, hepatitis lacks the same level of awareness and political momentum

The World Health Organization's (WHO) Resolution on Viral Hepatitis (WHA63.18) of 21 May 2010 recognized viral hepatitis as a global health issue and designated 28 July 2011 as the inaugural World Hepatitis Day.

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NOhep is a global, grassroots movement aimed at bringing all stakeholders together to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030. It has been developed to create global awareness of the disease, similar to the red ribbon for HIV/AIDS, and was launched in 2016. NOhep firmly positions itself at the forefront of the elimination conversation, showcasing exemplary leadership, fostering on-the-ground innovative solutions and taking action to support the policy changes needed to eliminate this cancer-causing illness by 2030. Being a part of NOhep means being part of the solution. (To find out more about the development of this exciting initiative, watch this short video: https://youtu.be/Oer-rGwnKZU

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>> FAST FACTS
Viral Hepatitis
  Globally, 2 billion people have been
infected with hepatitis B virus, with an
estimated 600,000 dying each year . . .
  The number of people with chronic
hepatitis C and more advanced liver
disease or cirrhosis, is projected to
increase by 38% between 2006 and 2015
unless the number of people being
treated increases substantially.
  There is no vaccine for hepatitis C but
approximately 80% of patients who are
able to complete recommended
treatment, are cured . . .
World Hepatitis Day
July 28
WHD 2013

One million people die from viral 
hepatitis in Asia Pacific every year.
On WORLD HEPATITIS DAY CEVHAP 
urges governments to embrace WHO's
new global framework for action.
                                >> READ MORE

>> FEATURED VIDEOS 
Why hepatitis policy matters - the story of Baltazar Lucas  
 
Video What are the dangers of viral #hepatitis? Hear what #CEVHAP Chair Prof Ding-Shinn Chen had to say to the Wall Street Journal.
  
A Message from DS Chen
Chairman, CEVHAP

 

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