Young people living with hepatitis

Young people are one of the key populations most at-risk and affected by hepatitis. Globally, more than 4.7 million children under five years old live with chronic hepatitis B, and an estimated 3.26 million children and adolescents live with hepatitis C.i   

While many young people live with chronic hepatitis, access to hepatitis services for children, adolescents and young people lags behind the progress made for adults.   

Hepatitis elimination can only be achieved if young people are part of the response as equal partners. It is important to understand the experiences of all young people impacted by hepatitis, to ensure they have proper access to education, care and support, and to empower them to take care of their own health. 

Webinar: From Experience to Action: Youth Voices on Hepatitis and HIV 

On Tuesday 21 May 2024, WHA and Y+ Global held a joint webinar to foster meaningful conversations and gather insights from young people living with hepatitis and/or HIV. The event explored gaps, challenges and solutions, and shared stories from young people leading change in their communities.  

Co-chaired by Tung Doan (Y+ Global) and Adesuwa Oni (Rise Against Hepatitis Global Initiative and WHA member), speakers included: 

  • Zipporah Achieng (Kenya) 
  • Priscilla Ama Addo (Ghana) 
  • Edgar Mudoogo, Young Medical Doctor, Mbarara University (Uganda) 

References

i World Health Organization. Global health sector strategies on, respectively, HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections for the period 2022-2030 [Internet]. 2022 [Accessed 20 May 2024]. Available from: https://iris.who.int/bitstream/handle/10665/360348/9789240053779-eng.pdf?sequence=1