‘The World Health Organization (WHO) issued its first-ever global guidance on testing for chronic viral hepatitis B and C on 16 February 2017. Viral hepatitis causes an estimated 1.4 million deaths worldwide each year. The guidelines were released in a special session at the 26th Conference of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL), held in Shanghai, China.
‘WHO estimates that more than 300 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis B or C worldwide. However, less than 5% of these people have been tested or are aware of their diagnosis.
‘”Many people, especially those in low- and middle-income countries, don’t know they are infected, so they cannot access the right treatment,” said Dr Marc Bulterys, Team Lead of WHO’s Global Hepatitis Programme. “Improving access to hepatitis testing is critical to increasing access to life-saving treatments.”…’
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