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Msg  1972 of 2106  at  7/19/2021 1:27:48 PM  by

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Hepatitis Day July 28

 FYI - From the CDC
 
 

World Hepatitis Day 7/28

Dear Colleague:

World Hepatitis Day, on July 28th, represents an opportunity to draw attention to the global burden of viral hepatitis and to recognize the public health professionals and organizations making the elimination of viral hepatitis a global priority.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that in 2019, 296 million people worldwide were living with hepatitis B virus infection, and an additional 58 million were living with hepatitis C virus infection. Both types of hepatitis can lead to liver cancer and liver failure, causing preventable deaths and reducing quality of life.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is proud to be among the organizations worldwide working toward the goal of viral hepatitis elimination. CDC’s viral hepatitis program works with countries and partners to implement programs and develop strategies to drive progress towards elimination goals. These include:

  • Improving hepatitis vaccination rates, especially among infants and children. Global coverage with three doses of hepatitis B vaccine was 85% in 2019, with only 43% of children receiving a timely dose at birth.
  • Promoting screening, testing, and treatment. Across the world, WHO estimates only 10% of people with hepatitis B and 21% of people with hepatitis C knew they were infected as of 2019.
  • Addressing the underlying causes of viral hepatitis transmission and outbreaks by helping to develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate hepatitis-related policies and programs.

Since 2015, CDC has partnered with the country of Georgia to implement the first Hepatitis C Elimination Program in the world. In June of this year, CDC in partnership with Georgia launched a nationwide serosurvey on hepatitis B and C, and COVID-19. This serosurvey will provide key information on the progress toward viral hepatitis elimination in Georgia. Georgia has also been selected to pilot WHO’s Interim Guidance for Country Validation of Viral Hepatitis Elimination, supported by the Global Health Office.

CDC is pleased to be working with many partners towards global viral hepatitis elimination. To learn more about our activities visit our website. We thank you for your continued support for CDC’s goals—on World Hepatitis Day and every day.

Sincerely,

Dr. Paige Armstrong, MD, MHS

Associate Director for Global Health

Division of Viral Hepatitis

National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention

Dr. Carolyn Wester, MD, MPH

Director

Division of Viral Hepatitis

National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention

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