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More and more people around the world have access to medication for hepatitis
The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that there has been increasing success in the fight against hepatitis. More and more people around the world are receiving important medicines to treat hepatitis C.
At this year's World Hepatitis Summit in São Paulo, Brazil, the World Health Organization scientists were able to announce that there have been great successes in the treatment of hepatitis C worldwide. The WHO published a press release on the results of its research into the control of hepatitis C.
Improved access to medication for hepatitis C
According to the WHO, the fight against hepatitis appears to be a successful one and is even improving. This is due, for example, to improved access to important drugs for hepatitis C. In the past two years alone, around three million people had received drugs for hepatitis. This is a true record number, the experts explain.
Since 2016, 2.8 million people have been treated for hepatitis B.
Since 2016 there have also been another 2.8 million people who have been treated for hepatitis B. This is partly due to the fact that more and more countries are giving patients access to important medicines and improving such access even further.
More and more countries are developing plans to combat hepatitis
"We have seen an almost five-fold increase in the number of countries that have developed national plans to eliminate life-threatening viral hepatitis in the past five years," said Gottfried Hirnschall, director of the WHO HIV and Hepatitis Program, in the press release. The results found reinforce hope that complete elimination of hepatitis could become a reality in the near future, the expert adds.
Hepatitis can lead to cancer
A disease caused by hepatitis can have dangerous health consequences. For example, hepatitis viruses can cause inflammation of the liver and even cause cancer. In Germany alone, around one million people could be infected with hepatitis, the WHO experts estimate. Many of those affected probably do not know about their illness themselves.
90 percent curable for hepatitis C in the future
Using the new drugs, hepatitis C could be 90 percent curable in the future, the scientists explain. According to the WHO, around 1.3 million people worldwide die from one of the six forms of hepatitis every year. In total, an estimated 325 million people are ill.
Financial efforts in many countries still need to be increased
By 2030, so-called viral hepatitis should have been largely eliminated, at least that is what the global community has set itself as a goal. So far, however, the doctors and experts have not yet achieved their goal. To this end, the financial efforts in many countries should be intensified further, the researchers demand. (as)