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Media Outlets Report On Global Impact Of Hepatitis, WHO Calls For Elimination Of Hepatitis B, C On World Day

Devex: Deadly lack of action on hepatitis in Asia, experts say
“While progress is made on other global health issues, hepatitis-related deaths continue to increase — a situation that campaigners are calling attention to on World Hepatitis Day. Between 2000 and 2015, … deaths from viral hepatitis increased by 22 percent to 1.34 million, and that figure is expected to climb further if current policies on surveillance, diagnosis, and treatment are not improved, according to this year’s World Health Organization global hepatitis report…” (Ravelo, 7/28).

Healio: WHO launches injection safety campaign for World Hepatitis Day
“As a part of the World Health Organization’s ongoing efforts to promote education and awareness about hepatitis prevention, the organization will launch the ‘Get the Point: Make Smart Injection Choices’ campaign in advance of World Hepatitis Day…” (Bennett, 7/27).

Reuters: Hepatitis drugs more affordable but disease still deadly: WHO
“Prices of drugs to cure hepatitis C and to treat hepatitis B are dropping dramatically, offering affordability and hope to 325 million people living with the viral liver disease that can be fatal, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday…” (Nebehay, 7/27).

U.N. News Centre: Ahead of World Day, U.N. agency says fight against hepatitis ‘gaining momentum’
“On the eve of World Hepatitis Day, the United Nations health agency released a study that reveals efforts to eliminate the disease are gaining momentum globally. ‘It is encouraging to see countries turning commitment into action to tackle hepatitis,’ said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO)…” (7/27).

VOA News: WHO: Hepatitis B, C Could Be Eliminated by 2030
“…WHO reports viral hepatitis B and C affected 325 million people and caused 1.34 million deaths in 2015, and is calling for the elimination of the public health threat by reducing new infections by 90 percent and death by 65 percent by 2030…” (Schlein, 7/27).

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