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WHO Calls For Improved Access To Hepatitis C Treatments, Prevention On World Hepatitis Day

News outlets observe World Hepatitis Day, which takes place annually on July 28, and report on advances in hepatitis C prevention.

Financial Times: Advances in hepatitis C research prompt calls for improved prevention
“…This year has seen the introduction of a breakthrough medicine for hepatitis C which, in more than 90 percent of cases, will cure the disease within 12 weeks. Further drugs are expected to be approved in the next few months, representing the biggest advance in treatment for hepatitis C since the virus was identified in 1989…” (Ward, 7/27).

Financial Times: Politics of prevention is part of the cure for hepatitis C
“…The stark picture [of hepatitis C rates] … raises a concern common to HIV and other diseases: the need to focus on enhanced prevention alongside efforts to introduce a cure. Despite current advances in treatments, much more needs to be done to avoid new cases of infection…” (Jack, 7/27).

VOA News: Elimination of Chronic Hepatitis Feasible
“The World Health Organization reports viral hepatitis, which kills nearly 1.5 million people a year, could be eliminated. In marking World Hepatitis Day (July 28), WHO says intensifying testing, prevention, and treatment efforts is key to tackling one of the world’s most serious diseases…” (Schlein, 7/27)