Mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B virus in sub-Saharan Africa : time to act
CITATION: Andersson, M. I. et al. 2015. Mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B virus in sub-Saharan Africa : time to act. Lancet Global Health, 3(7):e358–e359, doi:10.1016/S2214-109X(15)00056-X.
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What few people thought possible little more than a decade ago is now reality: scientific and operational advances are greatly reducing the number of deaths from HIV. The number of infant infections has decreased by 58% between 2001 and 2013 and mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV might well be eliminated in the next few years.1 By contrast, the prevention and management of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection lags well behind, at least in sub-Saharan Africa.