Happy New Year from LiverWELL!
In 2024, our goal of eliminating hepatitis by 2030 is more important than ever. Hepatitis can’t wait – and there is still work to be done to ensure we stay on track. So this year we aim to amplify the the voices of those affected by hepatitis and raise awareness to aid in the elimination of viral hepatitis.
More than 1.1 million people die from hepatitis B and C every year. Over 200 million people worldwide are living with hepatitis B, but only 2% of those are receiving treatment. For hepatitis C, which has a cure, only 21% of the 58 million people worldwide who are affected by the disease are diagnosed, and fewer than two-thirds of those are on treatment.
Nonetheless, despite the scale of the problem, remarkable progress is being made against viral hepatitis. The number of people receiving treatment for hepatitis C increased nine-fold between 2015 and 2019. Between 2014 and 2020, Egypt, which had the highest rates of hepatitis in the world, screened 50 million people and is poised to eliminate hepatitis C within its borders.
We can make a difference in Australia by raising awareness of hepatitis B and C. Let’s work together this year to get tested, and seek treatment. Talk to your doctor about your liver health if you feel concerned.
LiverWELL is excited to embark on this journey with all of you by hosting forums, education sessions, community programs and more.
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