Speke Resort Munyonyo hosts the maiden African Hepatitis Summit that is ongoing in Kampala – Uganda
The African Hepatitis Summit 2019 is convened by Uganda Ministry of Health and hosted by The National Organization for People Living with Hepatitis B (NOPLHB) on behalf of the African Chapter of World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA).
The Uganda Gastroenterology Society (UGES) and the World Health Organization, Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) are the co-organizing partners.
The summit is running under the Theme; “Eliminating Viral Hepatitis in Africa; Implementing the Viral Hepatitis Strategy .”
This first ever African summit will support efforts by providing a platform that allows African Member States to learn from other countries, have access to technical advice from WHO’ Global and Regional Hepatitis Programme as well as discuss the implementation of an intensified national response to the disease with key stakeholders in the field.
Viral hepatitis is a major global public health problem. New WHO data reveal that an estimated 325 million people are living with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection.
The WHO Global Report, 2017 indicates that the majority of these people lack access to life saving testing and treatment.
Together, viral hepatitis causes the deaths of almost 1.5 million people every year, the overwhelming majority as a result of chronic infection complicated by cirrhosis and liver cancer. This is the same level of mortality as caused by HIV/AIDS.
73% of all liver cancer deaths worldwide are due to hepatitis viruses with much higher proportion in low and middle-income countries.
Viral hepatitis is highly endemic in the African Region, which therefore contributes significantly to the global burden of disease.
The precise burden in the continent is difficult to quantify because of poor or inaccurate data and under-reporting but statistics from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reveal that liver cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in African men and third in African women
Speke Resort Munyonyo has luxurious rooms – Presidential Suites, Presidential Cottages, Executive Rooms, Superior Rooms are bright, spacious residences, filled with beautiful views of Lake Victoria and the resort’s tropical garden.
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