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Forgotten, not neglected: viral hepatitis in resource-limited settings, recall for action

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  • Maud Lemoine,

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    1. Medical Research Council Laboratories, The Gambia Unit, Disease Control and Elimination theme, Fajara, The Gambia
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      Maud Lemoine, Liver Unit, Medical Research Council, The Gambia Unit, Atlantic Road, Fajara PO Box 273, Gambia

      Tel: +220 4495 442 (ext 5008)

      Fax: +220 4495 919

      e-mail: mlemoine@mrc.gm

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  • Mark Thursz,

    1. Department of Hepatology & Gastroenterology, St Mary's Hospital, Imperial College, London, UK
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  • Ramou Njie,

    1. Medical Research Council Laboratories, The Gambia Unit, Disease Control and Elimination theme, Fajara, The Gambia
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  • Geoffrey Dusheiko

    1. UCL Institute of Liver and Digestive Health, Royal Free Hospital and UCL Medical School, London, UK
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Abstract

In 2010, the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution calling for interventions for the prevention and control of chronic viral hepatitis. These infectious diseases mostly affect resource-limited countries accounting for 80% of the world's population and facing numerous obstacles to contain the epidemic. At a time when morbidity and mortality of chronic liver disease have been considerably improved in wealthy countries by new innovative strategies and new potent antiviral drugs, it is now urgent to recall for concrete actions from stakeholders of global health policy to reduce the burden in resource-limited countries.

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