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Hepatitis ‘B’ cases increase in Duayaw-Nkwanta

Results from a free health screening exercise organised by Vodafone Ghana Foundation in Duayaw-Nkwanta, the Tano North District capital indicates that cases of hepatitis ‘B’ is on the increase in the town. Mr David Dorme, a physician assistant at the Sunyani Municipal Hospital, who led the exercise said out of the 400 blood samples screened, […]

Tenofovir during pregnancy reduces risk of mother-to-child hepatitis B virus transmission

Women with chronic hepatitis B and high viral load who were treated with tenofovir (Viread) during pregnancy were significantly less likely to transmit hepatitis B virus (HBV) to their babies, according to study findings presented this week at the 2015 AASLD Liver Meeting in San Francisco. Another study showed that women with hepatitis B often […]

Ghana risks losing productive youth to Hepatitis – Medical Professor

A US based Ghanaian professor of medicine is advocating a nationwide campaign to increase public awareness on the spread of Hepatitis. Professor Lewis Roberts says only a few of the estimated 10–15 percent of Ghanaian adults with chronic hepatitis B are aware of their condition. The W.H.O. member reveals about half of Hepatitis B patients […]

Hepatitis B and hepatitis C can occur together. Learn how co-infection affects treatment and your health.

Hepatitis B and C are among the most common causes of liver disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — but having both viruses at the same time significantly increases your risk of liver damage. Having a hepatitis B/hepatitis C co-infection also affects how you and your doctor approach your medical […]

Minister Sey of Gambia addresses 1st World Hepatitis Summit in Scotland

The minister of Health and Social Welfare  of Gambia(MoH&SW), Dr. Omar Sey, recently addressed the 1st World Hepatitis Summit in Glasgow, Scotland. The summit that was held from 2-4 of September 2015, was co-organised by the World Health Organisation in partnership with Scottish government and World Hepatitis Alliance. The main goal of the summit was […]

China finalizes support of immunization in developing nations

The Chinese government recently made a formal commitment to offer $5 million to support Gavi, which is the Vaccine Alliance that helps to fund childhood immunizations in the poorest nations around the world. This is the very first time in history that China has offered funds to Gavi. Now, after four years of Gavi helping […]

World Hepatitis Summit harnesses global momentum to eliminate viral hepatitis

2 SEPTEMBER 2015 ¦ GLASGOW – Participants at the first-ever World Hepatitis Summit will urge countries to develop national programmes that can ultimately eliminate viral hepatitis as a problem of public health concern. “We know how to prevent viral hepatitis, we have a safe and effective vaccine for hepatitis B, and we now have medicines […]

Putting an end to global health’s ‘silent killer’

There’s a reason viral hepatitis has been dubbed the “silent killer.” People generally know very little about viral hepatitis, a disease of the liver caused by five different viruses. In fact, most of the 400 million people with chronic hepatitis B and C, the most serious forms of viral hepatitis, don’t know that they are […]

World Hepatitis Summit: New data shows relentless rise in hepatitis deaths

New data shows relentless rise in hepatitis deaths: World leaders meet in Scotland to discuss urgent response and move towards elimination of 7th biggest global killer Governments from around the world convene to agree on a road map towards elimination of viral hepatitis Worldwide, viral hepatitis kills more than 1.4 million people a year, 4000 […]

Generic Entecavir Hepatitis B Treatment Approved

A generic equivalent to Bristol-Myers Squibb’s entecavir (Baraclude) hepatitis B treatment has been approved by the FDA. Aurobindo Pharma’s generic entecavir will soon be available in 0.5 mg and 1 mg oral tablet strengths. Entecavir is a nucleoside analogue indicated to treat chronic hepatitis B infection in adults with evidence of active viral replication, though […]