Malawi raises awareness of viral hepatitis and influence action

Globally more than 240 million people are affected with chronic liver infection caused by Hepatitis

Globally more than 240 million people are affected with chronic liver infection caused by Hepatitis

It outlines a clear set of targets and objectives to help Pakistan work towards the goal of eliminating hepatitis by 2030 so that people like Ali no longer have to risk death from a simple visit to the barber. Even in the case of chronic HCV infection, the disease goes undiagnosed as the infection remains asymptomatic until decades after infection. It is most commonly transmitted by consuming food or water contaminated by feces from a person infected with hepatitis A. The best way to prevent it is to be careful of what you eat.

One person dies of viral hepatitis every 30 seconds in the Asia-Pacific, says the Coalition to Eradicate Viral Hepatitis in Asia Pacific (CEVHAP). Considering how common it is, how vulnerable can one be to the disease? It can be life-threatening.

Geographically, hepatitis C virus testing market is classified into regions viz. In India, prevalence of hepatitis B is 3-5% while hepatitis C is 1%. Jaundice, on the other hand, is caused due to high levels of bilirubin pigment in the liver, which in turn results in a yellow colouration of the skin. However, Hepatitis A infection can sometimes cause further complications.

Some of the players identified in global hepatitis C virus testing market include OraSure Technologies, Inc., Abbott Laboratories Inc., Siemens Healthcare GmbH, Bio Rad Laboratories Inc., Ortho Clinical Diagnostic Inc.

He said the hepatitis C virus was a blood borne virus and the most common modes of infection were through exposure to small quantities of blood.

This misconception is drawn from the similarity between HBV and HIV infections. If that weren't enough, there are five different types of hepatitis virus that you are prone to.

Hepatitis A Virus: According to Web MD, this is the least complicated type of hepatitis, and doesn't usually lead to long-term infections.

BICH assistant professor Dr Salahuddin said: "If a mother has the infection the child is given an immunoglobulin injection within 24 hours of birth, and three doses of the HBV vaccine, which can prevent their infection". The viruses may also spread through blood transfusion, contaminated needles and other medical equipments.

Globally, HCV prevalence is estimated at one percent with 71 million of HCV infected adults. As we saw with those two examples, implementing action plans needs collaborative partnerships led by governments that include civil society organisations, people with or at risk of viral hepatitis and clinicians, researchers and healthcare NGOs. Hepatitis C screening is the mandatory screening test prior to organ donation, and growing organ donation programs across the globe is expected to push the market growth. Research, however, is under way. When he was told that medicines were available that could cure his disease, he started to cry. Many time people cut themselves and if you use the same item you will get infected too.

World Health Organization prequalification means the product can now be procured by the United Nations and financing agencies such as UNITAID, which now includes co-infection with HIV and hepatitis C in the portfolio of diseases it covers.

He also commended the Nigeria Ambassador for Hepatitis Control, Yakubu Gowon, the royal Ambassador, the Oni of Ife, WHO, Roche Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and other partners for supporting the fight against the scourge of viral hepatitis in Nigeria. The transmission mechanism appears to be changing: HEV is re-emerging as a zoonotic virus.

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