Stopping Asia’s Hepatitis Epidemic Requires More Urgent Resources, Political Will, Financing

Wall Street Journal: Confronting Asia’s Hepatitis Epidemic
Ding-Shinn Chen and Stephen Locarnini, co-chairs of the Coalition to Eradicate Viral Hepatitis in Asia Pacific

“…Hepatitis has not received funding commensurate with the magnitude of the problem. … We can stop the increasing burden of hepatitis B and hepatitis C with resources and political will. … Implementing these solutions requires a broad, concerted program of activities which include two critical areas of work. The first is to build strong linkage between screening and treatment. … The second critical area of work required is adequate financing. … We know how [to] put in place the policies, resources, and capacity needed to effectively fight viral hepatitis. With more than 1.4 million people dying every year, what’s needed now is a sense of urgency” (7/27).