African region

Situation:

  • 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.

Response:

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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