15 million people affected with hepatitis B and C in Pakistan. Government announces ambitious plan to eliminate hepatitis

15 million people affected with hepatitis B and C in Pakistan. Government announces ambitious plan to eliminate hepatitis

28 July 2019 | Islamabad – Approximately, 5 and 10 million people are affected with hepatitis B and C respectively in Pakistan. Thousands of new patients are added every year due to lack of prevention, testing and treatment resources as well as inadequately screened blood transfusion, improperly sterilized invasive medical devices and unsafe injections. To curb the huge disease burden, the government has announced Prime Minister Imran Khan’s new ambitious plan to eliminate viral hepatitis B and C infections in the country by 2030.

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WHO urges countries to invest in eliminating hepatitis

26 July 2019 - Ahead of World Hepatitis Day (28 July), the WHO calls on countries to take advantage of recent reductions in the costs of diagnosing and treating viral hepatitis and scale up investments in disease elimination. A new study by WHO, published today in Lancet Global Health, has found that investing US$6bn per year in eliminating hepatitis in 67 low- and middle-income countries would avert 4.5 million premature deaths by 2030, and more than 26 million deaths beyond that target date.

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World Hepatitis Day 2019 - Invest in eliminating hepatitis

World Hepatitis Day 2019 - Invest in eliminating hepatitis

During World Hepatitis Day 2019 campaign, WHO is urging all countries and partners to promote the theme “Invest in eliminating hepatitis”. WHO will release new estimates for additional investments needed to achieve globally agreed hepatitis elimination goals by 2030, in the context of the universal health coverage. The host country for World Hepatitis Day 2019 is Pakistan. The global events will be held in Islamabad, Pakistan 27-28 July 2019.

Uganda leads the charge against viral hepatitis

The first African Hepatitis Summit held in Uganda

8 July 2019 – The pioneering event was held in Kampala, Uganda on 18-20 June under the theme: "Eliminating Viral Hepatitis in Africa; Implementing the viral hepatitis strategy". WHO released a new hepatitis scorecard for the implementation of the hepatitis elimination strategy in the region.

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Progress report on HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections 2019

WHO releases the first integrated progress report on HIV, hepatitis and STIs

23 May 2019 – The new progress report being released today at the 72nd World Health Assembly reviews success and challenges in implementing the global health sector strategies, 2016-2021 on HIV, hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The report also outlines 8 joint actions for accelerating progress towards universal health coverage.

HIV and hepatitis events at the 72nd World Health Assembly

Join HIV, hepatitis events at the 72nd World Health Assembly

21 May 2019 - We invite all partners, delegates and staff participating in the 72nd World Health Assembly join the following events.

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Reaching people who inject drugs and people in prisons – a must for hepatitis C elimination

1 May 2019, PORTO – WHO is calling for greater commitments to scale up hepatitis C virus (HCV) testing and treatment services to people who inject drugs (PWID) and people in prisons (PIP). Around 71 million people are infected with chronic HCV worldwide with PWID being disproportionately affected. They account for the highest proportion of new infections – 23% of the 1.75 million infections that occur every year. As for PIP, up to 1 in 4 can be HCV positive. The elimination targets set by WHO aim to diagnose 90% and treat 80% of all eligible persons by 2030.

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