Push to eliminate viral hepatitis in Africa by 2030

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Testing for hepatitis in Togo. Photo: IRIN/Isidore Akollor

Efforts are being made by African countries to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

The first-ever WHO global health strategy aimed at preventing and treating the disease is being implemented on the continent.

Hepatitis B, a viral infection that attacks the liver and is spread through contact with blood and bodily fluids, is highly endemic in Africa and affects an estimated 100 million people.

Globally, 1 in 20 people with viral hepatitis know they have it and just 1 in 100 with the disease is being treated.

The disease had been previously neglected Dr Frank Lule told Amina Hassan, adding that more is being done to stop future infections.

Duration: 2’15″

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