HHS Assistant Secretary For Global Affairs Recognizes World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day — observed annually on July 28 — is a day to remember the millions around the world, as well as those here in the U.S., who have lost their lives to or are suffering from viral hepatitis,” HHS Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs Nils Daulaire writes in the AIDS.gov blog. He notes viral hepatitis “is responsible for more than 1.4 million deaths annually, mostly in lower and middle-income countries, and is one of the most common causes of death due to infectious disease in the world.” Daulaire discusses global prevention efforts, writing, “Over the past three decades, more than one billion doses of hepatitis B vaccine have been administered to children worldwide, preventing millions of new infections and deaths.” Highlighting the issue of co-infection among people living with HIV, he notes “the work the U.S. government does to address one of these deadly viruses in turn affects efforts to respond to the other,” and Daulaire concludes, “I am proud of the U.S. partnerships in this global response to viral hepatitis and look forward to the progress we will make together in the years ahead” (7/26).

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