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 more deaths per year than HIV/AIDS, TB or malaria.
There are five main types of hepatitis, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. Hepatitis is not found in just one location, millions of people around the world are living with this disease. Only 10% of people who live with the disease are aware of their diagnosis, which may result in them developing fatal liver disease at some point in their lives or in many cases unknowingly transmitting the infection to others.
Viral hepatitis accounts for 1.34 million deaths per year and two thirds of all liver cancer deaths are caused by hepatitis B and C. These deaths are preventable; the availability of vaccines for hepatitis A, B and E, effective treatments for hepatitis A and B and a cure for hepatitis C means that we can make elimination a reality by 2030.