Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, most commonly caused by a viral infection. There are five main hepatitis viruses that cause acute and/or chronic infection, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. In particular, types B and C lead to chronic disease in hundreds of millions of people worldwide. In the WHO European Region an estimated 13 million people live with chronic hepatitis B, and an estimated 15 million people are infected with hepatitis C. Because the disease is often asymptomatic and left untreated, chronic hepatitis is a major cause of liver cirrhosis and primary liver cancer. People who inject drugs are particularly vulnerable to hepatitis and co-infection with both hepatitis and HIV is common.

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On World Humanitarian Day: Interview with a Syrian doctor

“The secret to a happy life, we were told in medical school, is to do good for others” says Dr Ghassan Sabri Bako, a Syrian doctor, now trained in how to work in the Turkish health system and help fellow Syrians. This adaptation training is one way in which WHO is contributing to health services for the 1.9 million Syrian refugees in Turkey.


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WHO Regional Office for Europe works with several key partners on activities related to hepatitis

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