In July 2013, I wrote on this site
about the story of one million lives lost. It was a story that
reflected the escalating impact of viral hepatitis in Asia Pacific;
infections that we now know are associated with over one million deaths
every year in the region.
The figures were a sobering reminder of the devastating
impact these viruses have on the lives of people living in Asia Pacific,
revealing for the first time that viral hepatitis causes three times as
many deaths as HIV/AIDS and nine times as many deaths as malaria across
In my last post, I wrote about the fact that we now have all
the evidence we need to prove that viral hepatitis is an urgent public
health priority in Asia. That was true six months ago and it is
certainly true today, as we study the gravity of the situation across
individual countries, following the release of country mortality data
(deaths from acute infection, as well as from cirrhosis and liver cancer
related to chronic viral hepatitis infection) from the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBDS).