WHO Calls For Political Leadership, Funding To Eliminate Hepatitis On World Day

U.N. News: Eliminating hepatitis calls for ‘bold political leadership, with investments to match,’ U.N. health chief says
“Calling for ‘bold political leadership’ ahead of World Hepatitis Day, the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday urged 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 on Friday in Lancet Global Health, found that investing $6 billion 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…” (7/26).

VOA News: WHO: Low-Cost Generic Drugs Can Eliminate Hepatitis by 2030
“In advance of World Hepatitis Day on Sunday (July 28), the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging countries to invest in affordable treatments that could reduce the number of infections and save millions of lives. … The World Health Organization says hepatitis B and C infections affect about 325 million people globally and kill about 1.4 million every year. WHO’s hepatitis team leader, Marc Bulterys said that makes hepatitis the second most lethal infectious disease just behind tuberculosis. … Bulterys said of the 71 million people living with chronic hepatitis C, only one in five has been diagnosed and 5 million treated…” (Schlein, 7/26).

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