WHO Releases 10-Year Review Report Chapters Focusing On Vaccines, Viral Hepatitis

WHO: The power of vaccines: still not fully utilized
This chapter of the WHO’s “Ten years in public health 2007-2017” report focuses on vaccines. “Vaccines have been one of the biggest success stories of modern medicine. WHO estimates that at least 10 million deaths were prevented between 2010 and 2015 thanks to vaccinations delivered around the world. Many millions more lives were protected from the suffering and disability associated with diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhea, whooping cough, measles, and polio…” (April 2017).

WHO: Viral hepatitis: a hidden killer gains visibility
This chapter of the WHO’s “Ten years in public health 2007-2017” report focuses on viral hepatitis. “As huge gains were made in reducing the impact of HIV, another long-neglected epidemic became more visible: the devastating and complex health problems caused by viral hepatitis infections. … Whereas the HIV, TB, and malaria epidemics have peaked and are now in decline, morbidity and mortality from viral hepatitis are on the rise. … Unless more people with chronic infections are diagnosed and treated, the number of deaths caused by viral hepatitis will continue to increase…” (April 2017).

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