Health topics



Viral hepatitis, which is usually caused by the hepatitis viruses A, B, C and E, is a widespread infectious disease, affecting more 2 billion people globally. In South-East Asia, 100 million people are currently estimated to be living with hepatitis B, and 30 million with hepatitis C. The Region also has an estimated 6.5 million symptomatic cases of hepatitis E, and 400 000 cases of hepatitis A, annually. It places a huge burden, from the health, social and economic perspective, on the affected individual, family, as well as the health system