Hepatitis B is the most common serious liver infection in the world, and main cause of liver cancer.
Every year up to 1 million people die from hepatitis B.
World Health Organization (WHO) has called for elimination of hepatitis B by 2030
Facts about chronic hepatitis B infection
• Approximately 300 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV).
• Approximately 1,5 million people become newly infected each year. Hepatitis B is spread from mother to child at birth, through exposure to infected blood or through unprotected sex.
• According to WHO* in 2019, there were approximately 820.000 people who died from hepatitis B related causes globally.
• According to the Hepatitis B Foundation, HBV is the cause of up to 80% of liver cancers, which is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the world.
• Although there are approved therapies for the management of hepatitis B there is no functional cure for the disease.
*Global progress report on HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections, 2021. Accountability for the global health sector strategies 2016–2021: actions for impact. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2021. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.