Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Tracking Hepatitis Progress

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Tracking Hepatitis Progress

Article excerpt

The first WHO Global hepatitis report was released in April 2017. It contains global and regional estimates on viral hepatitis for 2015 that will serve as the baseline for tracking progress on the Global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis 2016-2021.

The strategy calls for the elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030 by reducing new infections by 90% and deaths by 65%.

The report focuses on hepatitis B and C, which are responsible for 96% of all hepatitis deaths. It presents data on new infections and deaths caused by these hepatitis viruses, and the coverage of key interventions in 2015.

About 325 million people worldwide are infected with hepatitis B or C virus. Each year, 1.75 million people become infected with hepatitis C virus.

An estimated 1.34 million deaths were caused by viral hepatitis in 2015 and data from 2000 to 2015 show that these deaths have been increasing.

The report provides guidance on how to reverse this trend by scaling up interventions.

In 2015, global coverage with the three doses of hepatitis B vaccine in infancy reached 84%. …

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