Eliminate hepatitis B. Prevent liver cancer. Save 1 million lives each year.
Every year almost 1 million lives are tragically lost from diseases caused by the hepatitis B virus and many more are affected by the consequences of the epidemic: a reduced quality of life, lower productivity and loss of family members.
The roadmap to elimination of chronic HBV as a public health threat and liver cancer prevention is feasible and cost-effective, and mapped out by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2016. The only missing element is strong political will to fulfil the global commitment made in 2016 by WHO members, which aims to eliminate hepatitis B as a public health threat by 2030. To reach full efficacy, the measures outlined in this briefing should be integrated into national hepatitis elimination plans and within the Universal Health Coverage framework.