In December 2012 the global burden of disease project released its mortality data for 2010. It reported that viral hepatitis caused 1,445,000 deaths. This compares with 1,465,000 from HIV/Aids, 1,196,000 from TB and 1,169,000 from malaria. And this is not some new phenomenon suddenly emerging from nowhere.
hepatitis mortality in 1990 was just under 1m. Given those figures and
the relative profile and priority of the diseases, it is clear that a
major cause of global mortality has been consistently overlooked and
neglected. For example, hepatitis does not feature in the MDGs, despite
its prevalence in many developing countries in Asia and Africa. Nor are
treatment and prevention programmes financed though the global fund... read full article here.