Fast Facts

Viral Hepatitis

Viral hepatitis kills more than 1.34 million people per year globally, a death toll comparable to HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
Viral hepatitis has been cited as the 7th highest cause of mortality in the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study using most recent data available (2013)
Globally 78% of all liver cancer cases are caused by chronic hepatitis.
Hepatitis-related liver cancer and cirrhosis caused by chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C together account for 96% of hepatitis-related deaths.
Asia is the region that experiences the majority of the global disease burden caused by chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C, with 63% of viral hepatitis-related disease globally occurring in the Asia Pacific.

Hepatitis B

More infectious than HIV

The hepatitis B virus is 50 to 100 times more infectious than HIV.

Vaccination prevents hepatitis B
Major cause of cirrhosis and liver cancer
Hepatitis B treatment reduces liver cancer

Hepatitis C

Curable by antiviral treatment

While there is no vaccine for hepatitis C it is now curable in over 95% of cases by new direct acting antivirals (DAAs).

May be transmitted through unsafe injection practices
Chronic Infection may lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer
Major cause of liver transplant worldwide

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The Coalition to Eradicate Viral Hepatitis in Asia Pacific (CEVHAP), established in October 2010, is a multidisciplinary body advocating public policy reforms aimed at reducing the burden of viral hepatitis in Asia-Pacific.

WHA Member

CEVHAP is proud to be a member of the World Hepatitis Alliance since September 2019.



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