Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, most commonly caused by a viral infection. It’s one of the leading causes of death globally, accounting for 1.34 million deaths per year – more than HIV/AIDS, TB or malaria. There are five main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. Together, hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C cause 2 out of every 3 liver cancer deaths in the world.
Viral Hepatitis is not found in just one location, millions of people around the world are living with this disease but only 10% of them are aware of their diagnosis. This can result in the real possibility of developing fatal liver disease at some point in their lives and in some cases, unknowingly transmitting the infection to others.
With the availability of vaccines for hepatitis A, B and E, effective treatments for hepatitis A and B and a cure for hepatitis C, the elimination of viral hepatitis achievable, but we need to come together to make it happen.