WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Speaks On World Hepatitis Day 2018
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[WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Speaks On World Hepatitis Day 2018]
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General of WHO
[Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Director-General of WHO):] Source: LYBIO.net
World Hepatitis Day is an opportunity to highlight one of the world’s most pressing public health issues.
Globally, viral hepatitis B and C effect 325 million people. But only 1 in 10 of those people have been tested, and only 1 in 5 have received appropriate treatment.
Viral hepatitis slowly and silently degrades a person’s health, leading to liver cancer and cirrhosis, which result in 1.3 million deaths every year.
The good news is, we have new medicines that can cure hepatitis C in 3 months or less.
WHO’s new recommendations call for treating everybody with hepatitis C aged 12 years or older with this new drugs. That’s about 70 million people. While testing and treatment are key to eliminating hepatitis, we also need a strong focus on prevention. We have a clear vision for elimination, and we have the tools to do it. But we must accelerate progress to achieve our goal of eliminating hepatitis by 2030. Crucially, our efforts to eliminate hepatitis must be embedded in our efforts to achieve universal health coverage, based on stronger systems that enable people to access all the health services they need, without facing financial hardship.
Today I send my greetings to everyone marking World Hepatitis Day in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. This is a country with one of the highest burdens of liver cancer and cirrhosis in the world, but one that has also taken on the elimination challenge with commitment and force. We need more countries to follow Mongolia’s lead.
Let’s remember that eliminating viral hepatitis will prevent liver cancer and save lives.
Please join us in our mission to ensure access to testing and treatment for hepatitis for everyone, everywhere. I thank you.
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