African region


  • The African region is significantly affected by hepatitis B, the region has one of the highest levels of hepatitis B in the world at 6.1%.
  • Around 11 million people in the African region are chronically infected with hepatitis C.
  • Although not well documented, hepatitis D is endemic in Central and West Africa in particular.
  • Hepatitis A and hepatitis E outbreaks are common due to poor sanitation and lack of access to clean water, with recent outbreaks of infection reported in Uganda, Sudan and Chad.


Tackling the scourge of viral hepatitis effectively will require significant human and financial resources. I therefore call upon countries in the Region to develop strategies to scale up access to counselling, testing and treatment for hepatitis B and C especially in poor and at-risk communities

Dr Luís Gomes Sambo, WHO Regional Director for Africa

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