Message by WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on World Hepatitis Day
28 July 2022
More than 350 million people globally live with viral hepatitis, and every 30 seconds, someone dies from hepatitis-related disease, including liver failure, cirrhosis, and cancer. An estimated 80 percent of people living with hepatitis are unable to access or afford care.
We have the tests, treatments, and prevention tools to prevent infections and save lives, but they must be more affordable and implemented at scale. And to be most effective, hepatitis care must be delivered in communities through strong primary healthcare and integrated with other health services that address the full range of health needs.
On World Hepatitis Day, WHO is calling on all governments and partners to scale up the use of effective tools against hepatitis. There are examples of countries in all regions at all income levels that are doing just that.
Today, WHO is publishing a new report that shows how seven countries are applying WHO’s tools and guidelines, and making progress towards the elimination of hepatitis B and C. Brazil, Egypt, Georgia, Mongolia, Rwanda, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. The success of these countries shows what’s possible and gives us the confidence that with political commitment and investment, the elimination of viral hepatitis is within our reach.
I thank you.