On World Hepatitis Day, a call for prevention, fair access to treatment
Marking World Hepatitis Day on 28 July, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) called for stronger prevention efforts to stop the spread of this major global health risk. UNODC and its UN partners promote an integrated response to preventing hepatitis and providing treatment and care. This includes comprehensive packages of interventions for injecting drug users and prisoners to stop the spread of HIV and other infectious diseases such as hepatitis B and C. Coinciding with this year's marking of the Day, the Word Health Organization also released its first-ever country hepatitis survey. Covering 126 countries, the Report stated that only one-third of the world's countries have national strategies for viral hepatitis. WHO has urged Governments to scale up measures to prevent the spread of this disease.

More information: https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2013/July/unodc-executive-director-calls-for-prevention-fair-access-to-treatment-on-world-hepatitis-day.html?ref=fs1

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