Burden of Viral Hepatitis in the South-East Asia Region

The South-East Asia Region of WHO has an estimated 39 million people living with chronic hepatitis B and 10 million people living with chronic hepatitis C. Viral hepatitis causes at least as many, if not more, deaths annually compared with TB, AIDS, or malaria. Mortality due to viral hepatitis is increasing with time, while that due to TB, HIV and malaria is declining.

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections account for more than 90% of viral hepatitis-related deaths and disability, with hepatitis A and E being responsible for the remaining.Every year, in the Region, viral hepatitis is responsible for an estimated 408 000 deaths with 78% of total mortality being attributed to liver cancer and cirrhosis due to hepatitis B and C.

Source: WHO Global Health Estimates 2015