Media Centre Society's role in the elimination of viral hepatitis Source: The Lancet. Author: Prof Graham S Cooke, FRCP; Isabelle Andrieux-Meyer, MD; Tanya L Applegate, PhD; Prof Rifat Atun, FRCP; Jessica R Burry, MSc; Prof Hugo Cheinquer, MD; et al. Executive Summary Viral hepatitis is a major threat to public health and a leading cause of death worldwide. Each year, viral hepatitis kills 1.34 million people, which is comparable with deaths due to HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. With the advent of highly effective prevention measures and treatments, global elimination of viral hepatitis is a realistic goal; all WHO member states have committed to a global reduction in hepatitis-related deaths by 65% and new infections by 90% by 2030. This Commission sets out to appraise the current global situation and to identify priorities—for countries, regions, and globally—to accelerate efforts towards these ambitious targets. The full article is available at The Lancet provided at no cost.