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23rd April, 2017
New WHO 'Global Hepatitis' report highlights the impact of viral hepatitis 

While the world focused on tackling the HIV/AIDS epidemic, another viral infection, viral hepatitis, has slowly gained foothold and has now become a major public health problem. 

This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a 'Global Hepatitis' report, which elaborates on the global burden of viral hepatitis and for the first time includes global and regional estimates on viral hepatitis in 2015. 
According to the report, globally, about 325 million people worldwide have chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Many among these are at risk of progression to chronic liver disease, cancer, and eventually death as they lack access to diagnostic tests and treatment. Viral hepatitis caused 1.34 million deaths in 2015, a number comparable to deaths caused by tuberculosis and higher than those caused by HIV. Of the five types of viral hepatitis, hepatitis B and C together account for 96% of overall mortality due to hepatitis. While deaths due to TB and HIV are declining, those due to viral hepatitis are increasing.

Globally, countries in the WHO African and the Western Pacific Regions have the highest prevalence of hepatitis B. The WHO Eastern Mediterranean and the European Regions have the highest reported prevalence of hepatitis C.
Here are some key points about viral hepatitis:
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Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) celebrates World Earth Day 2017
Inter-school activities hosted for over 200 students jointly with Indian Medical Association, the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India and Ramjas Public School (Day Boarding), Anand Parbat

New Delhi, April 22, 2017: The Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI), a leading national non-profit organization, in association with the Indian Medical Association and Ramjas Public School (Day boarding) celebrated World Earth Day on 22nd April 2017 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The theme for the event was Sustainable Earth. The Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, supported the program.

On the occasion, various inter-school activities such as elocution, slogan writing, and painting were organised in the host school with participation by more than 200 students. The underlying message of the event was the importance of preserving one's environment and its close link with living a healthy life. Dr R N Tandon, Honorary Secretary General, Indian Medical Association, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.
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