The impact of COVID-19 on hepatitis services and civil society organisations

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Every 30 seconds, someone dies from viral hepatitis. With the disruptions caused by COVID-19, this health crisis has become even more urgent. We can no longer wait to act on hepatitis. People are dying because they did not receive simple interventions. People who are unaware that they are living with viral hepatitis cannot wait for testing and treatment. Pregnant mothers cannot wait for screening and prophylactic treatment. Newborn babies cannot wait for the hepatitis B birth-dose vaccination.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected hepatitis prevention, testing, treatment, and vaccination services globally.

WHO
Global progress report on HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections, 2021. Accountability for the global health sector strategies 2016-2021: actions for impact.