The “Elimination” theme of this year’s World Hepatitis Day – coming up on July 28, 2016 – highlights the vision of lessening the world burden of hepatitis. The organizers note that “Every action is an action towards elimination of viral hepatitis.” This theme is echoed by the first-ever establishment by the World Health Organization for a Global Strategy for Viral Hepatitis, which set a goal of eliminating viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030.
Viral hepatitis is the 7th leading killer worldwide, making it more dangerous than HIV, tuberculosis, or malaria. Given the availability of cures for hepatitis C, this represents a lot of unnecessary pain and suffering.
This year comes at a pivotal time for viral hepatitis, with national governments coming together in commitment to eliminate hepatitis while more treatment options are available than ever before. In the United States, moving towards the goal of elimination comes with a four-step plan:
- Increase awareness
- Boost diagnosis
- Increase knowledge of blood and injection safety
- Promote treatment
Together, it is possible to see the end of viral hepatitis by 2030.
Stephen C. Vogt, Pharm.D.
President and CEO
BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy
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