Drive for Health Foundation Ghana trains nurses on Hepatitis


The Government of Canada is committed to the global goal of reducing the health impact of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI) by 2030. Over 90% of new hepatitis B infections occur through mother-to-child transmission and during the early age of childhood.

"Today, 80 per cent of people living with hepatitis can't get the services they need to prevent, test for, and treat the disease", said WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, adding that on World Hepatitis Day, which will be observed today "we're calling for bold political leadership, with investments to match".

In 2008, the World Hepatitis Alliance in association with patient groups declared May 19th as Hepatitis Day. "We call on all countries to integrate services for hepatitis into benefit packages as part of their journey towards universal health coverage".

Telangana and Andhra Pradesh also have pockets of high prevalence of both Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, and, people should be encouraged for voluntary testing for early diagnosis.

Some countries are already taking action.

"We do not believe that there will be a drop in the number of people we have suffered, and we expect that (in 2019.) There will be about 250-257 million people with hepatitis B. For hepatitis C, we see a slight decrease, but it is still 71 million people, "he said". This has been facilitated through the reduction in prices of medicines. Ms Sturgeon stated the Scottish Government needs "to build on this momentum to do all we can to reach out to the thousands of people who live with hepatitis C undiagnosed". Providing curative treatment to all those now diagnosed with hepatitis C could also reduce healthcare costs in Pakistan within three years.

"The five hepatitis viruses can be transmitted in different ways, but they all have one thing in common: They infect the liver and make it swell up".

Of those people diagnosed, only 17% (4.5 million) received treatment in 2016.

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Like alcohol and Hepatitis B and C which damage the liver, NAFLD/NASH "can further progress to cirrhosis and liver cancer in the long run". Among all countries, India stands fourth which carry nearly 50% of the global burden of chronic hepatitis.

Of those people diagnosed, 15% (2 million) received curative treatment in that same year. As a result, healthcare costs in relation to hepatitis C will actually decline despite the free testing and treatment plan, within just 3 years. Despite the treatable nature of this disease, 325 million people around the world have been affected by this disease and it is responsible for staggering 1.4 million deaths around the world.

Acute and chronic are the two variants of this strain, while acute refers to a short term infection, chronic hepatitis B can go on for many months.

Dr Noor Hisham said this in a statement in conjunction with the 2019 World Hepatitis Day celebrated today. While there has been broad support among WHO Member States in adopting the WHO hepatitis elimination strategy, with 124 out of 194 countries developing hepatitis plans, over 40% of country plans lack dedicated budget lines to support elimination efforts.

You need to take extreme precautions when dealing with hepatitis for your newborn.

For this year's campaign, World Health Organization is urging all countries and partners to focus on the elimination of the disease with the theme "invest in eliminating of hepatitis".

"While hepatitis A, B and E are prevalent in North India, Kerala mostly registers hepatitis A and B cases, E is least widespread in the state", informs Dr Mathew Philip, head of the department of gastroenterology at Lisie Hospital.