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Hepatitis B Act now for a Hepatitis-free Indonesia

  • Teressa Warianto

    The Jakarta Post

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  /   Wed, September 7 2016   /  10:54 am

Hepatitis was the world’s 7th leading cause of death in 2013, killing more people than malaria and tuberculosis. As the World Health Organization (WHO) aims to globally combat the disease, experts say that awareness and prevention may be the only weapons we need to achieve a hepatitis-free Indonesia.Hepatitis is often underestimated. As an infection of the liver, the contagious disease has become a health problem in many developing countries. Around the world, currently 400 million people are infected with hepatitis B and C, more than 10 times the number of people living with HIV.

Despite the startling facts and statistics, this disease is still rarely talked about.

“When the Ebola virus broke out, people panicked as it managed to kill around 10,000 people. But hepatitis kills more than 1 million people each year, and yet people aren’t treating it with the same seri...